BLUFOperation Linebacker I was a 1972 U.S. aerial interdiction campaign against North Vietnam.
- Initiated on April 6, it began with southern attacks, expanding rapidly.
- The campaign improved upon prior tactics, disrupting enemy supply lines.
- Laser-guided bombs proved effective, damaging key infrastructure and bridges.
- Despite enemy resistance, North Vietnamese MiGs failed to gain aerial control.
- The operation successfully halted enemy advances but raised concerns in Saigon.
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