The United States Air Force deployed combat aircraft to Thailand from 1961 to 1975. During the Vietnam War about 80% of all USAF air strikes over North Vietnam originated from these bases. Thai officers commanded these bases, although American wing commanders  maintained command of their respective units.

In Twilight of Honor Major Michael Reardon flew his missions from the Thai Royal Air Force Base in Ubon, Thailand. He was a member of the 58th Tactical Fighter Squadron from Eglin AFB in Florida. This squadron was part of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing that was deployed there from 1965-1974.

The Air Force Base in Ubon was only 40 minutes by air from Hanoi. Reconnaissance jets streaked over the target areas both before and after attacks to record the subsequent damages. Today, USAF units train annually with other Asian Air Forces in Thailand.