Scott Harrington is a graduate Of Southern Illinois University, Class of 1962. He received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force on December 21, 1962, and attended Weapons Controller School at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. His first duty assignment was to Sioux City Air Base, Iowa, as a Weapons Controller in the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment or SAGE Center (call sign: Drumbeat).

In November of 1964, Harrington was assigned to the 605th Tactical Control Squadron JCS), part of the 5th Tactical Control Group, at Clark Air Base, Philippines. He was sent to the Combat Reporting Post (CRP) at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam in December, for 35 days training on the manual radar scopes. (The SAGE system utilized digital computers to display radar images while the manual environment used the raw radar images.) His next assignment, since 5th TAC was designed to set up and temporarily man radar sites in Southeast Asia, was to Nakhon Phanom where he served as Senior Director/Weapons Controller of a radar operations crew for 120 days at the CRP, call sign: Invert.

Scott and his wife, Jaci, live in Northwest Florida.


They Called It Naked Fanny: (Missions During the Early Years of the Vietnam War)
During the early years of the Vietnam War, several small cadres of men served their country and their fellow comrades-in­arms from a remote airbase cut out of the jungles of northeast Thailand. The base was named Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base, but the men assigned there had a special name for it ­"Naked Fanny."

Initially they were assigned to rescue military pilots shot down over Laos or forced to leave their aircraft over Thailand. But as the war expanded, their mission changed and they were asked to fly into hostile situations in North Vietnam, making numerous rescues-detailed here by the pilots who flew them and those who were rescued.

This is a story that has never been told in its entirety but is an integral part of U.S. Air Force aviation history. Scott Harrington has compiled and written the story of those early years of the Vietnam War at the little base just west of the town of Nakhon Phanom, Thailand.

After reading it, you'll understand why these fragile aircraft and the men who flew them were often referred to as "Blades of wood - Men of steel."