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Dad had worked for Air America Inc. as an Aircraft mechanical engineer. On this photo: spotter plane with 8 smoke rockets — in Vientiane, Laos.

The Raven air base at Long Tieng, Laos also known as Lima Site 20A or "Alternate". They commonly flew over the Plain of Jars in Laos supporting the Hmong troops.

Remains from America's secret war with Laos

The Ravens: The Men Who Flew in America's Secret War in Laos: Christopher Robbins: 9780517566121: Amazon.com: Books

Pathok Caves: Learning About America's Secret War in Laos.

The Plain of Jars, Laos, 500 BCE to 500 CE. Hewn stone jars vary from 1 to 3 metres over 90 sites. During the Vietnam and the Secret Wars in Cambodia and Laos, the U.S. dropped an incredible 260 million bombs on neutral Laos, more than all of World War II. Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) has killed at least 20,000 since the war, mostly children attracted to the toy-like clusters. (Archaeologists are inhibited in research, of course. rw)