A half-century after the end of the Vietnam War there is still very little public consensus about what happened there, or why. And certainly, compared to the countless pages of human stories of that War, The Misty Experiment is a mere paragraph that makes no claim to document, as do some other films, the larger issues of the decade-long conflict.
Our film encompasses only a small, mid-war chapter, 1967-1970, in which increased escalation from both sides raised the stakes and prolonged the warfare.
Now, inspired by other nationwide media events surrounding the 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War, the producers and MPT believe this program can help heal deep divisions that have endured since the war’s end. This film will offer audiences a different perspective of the war—one not seen by most Americans--because its story unfolds in the skies over North Vietnam and Laos, far above any combat action that took place in the villages and rice-paddies seen nightly on the Evening News during the mid-1960s and early 1970s. In many ways, within a dark and brutal chapter of military history, The Misty Experiment tells a success story that will provide for veterans, their families and, even, for those who opposed the war, an opportunity to learn and better appreciate the little-known role of Forward Air Controllers (FACs). Specifically, it will shine light on the significant contributions to American aviation history made by a courageous and relatively unknown Air Force squadron called “Misty."
“…air power was shackled. You should’ve been able to pick out the strategic targets, the tactical targets that air power could destroy to shape the outcome of the War. When you were not permitted to do that, you were just fighting everything on the fringes. I’m convinced if we’d been permitted to go in and close Haiphong Harbor
and bomb the railroads coming down from China…but our Rules of Engagement
did not permit that. They were off-limits.”
— Ron Fogleman, Misty 86