(1) UH-1. According to the records
maintained by the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association
(VHPA), 7,013 UH-1 helicopters were used in the war. Of these 3,305 were destroyed, with
1,074 pilots and 1,103 crew members killed in action.
|UH-1 (Named the Iroquois, but always called a Huey). The standard utility helicopter of the war. The B and C models were used primarily for aerial fire support, medical evacuation, and aerial command posts. The D and H models were used for tactical transport. With a cruising speed of 100 knots; capable of carrying 12 combat equipped troops (H Model at sea level) and endurance of 2:15, the Huey was well suited for its airmobility role.|
(2) A view of an OH-6A (LOH), at the airfield at Chu Lai.
The hills of the "Rocket Pocket" west
of Chu Lai are visible in the background. If you recognize this particular aircraft and the pilot (fall
of 1970), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
|OH-6A, Light Observation Helicopter (LOH) (officially named the "Cayuse" but always called a "loach.") Crew of 1, 3 passengers, 30' long, 930 lb. payload, 130k max speed, endurance of 2:25 hrs/min. According to the VHPA, 842 were destroyed in the war. This aircraft probably is from Troop D, 1st Sqdrn, 1st Cav, 123rd Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division, 1971. 2 photos provided by Dennis Linn, B/1-6 Inf..|
|(3) UH-1C Iroquois gun ship, sometimes known as a "Hog."
44' rotor diameter, 4,500 lb payload, 6 passengers, 100k cruise speed,
40 mm grenade launcher, 2.75 rocket pods, and mini gun capability.
This obviously is a stateside photo.
At left is a stateside photo, while the photo below was taken by Ray Mendez, 3/B/1-6 Inf in May 1971 near LZ Dottie..
(4) AH-1G Cobra gun ship.
| 44' rotor diameter; 52' long; 1,1993 lb. payload; crew of 2;
130k cruise speed and 190k max speed; 40 mm grenade launcher, 2.75" rocket
pods, and mini gun capable. B&W photos from Archives II.
Cobra at LZ Dottie by Sid Tracy.
This type of aircraft provided fantastic close support with their mini
gun to soldiers in 1st Bn 6th Inf . At night the solid stream of
tracers arching into a target and the loud "burrrrrup" was an awesome and
(5) This CH-47B, aircraft no. 67-18455, from the 178th Assault Support
(ASHC), radio call sign "Boxcars", was lost to an taxi accident on 19 Jun 68 on the flight line at
Chu Lai. The flight engineer died in the accident. This photo by Dave Bliss (C/1-6 Inf 1967-68).
|CH-47 (Chinook) aka "Hook" A twin-engine, tandem rotor, medium transport helicopter, withfixed four-wheel landing gear. Crew of three, including a crew chief. A cargo winch has a 3,000 lb. capacity; an air rescue winch which operates through a floor hatch has a 600 - lb. capacity. A rear loading ramp permits straight-in loading. The sealed hull gives an emergency water landing capability. Cruising speed 110 knots, 33 combat soldier capacity, external sling 16,000 lbs, 2:40 hrs/min endurance. Link to the 178th ASHC web site.|
(6) CH-54 "Tarhe" Sky crane.
|(7) C-7 Caribou 95'8" wingspan; 74' long; crew 3 w/5,000 lb payload;
32 passengers; 165k cruise speed. Color photo by Dave Bliss (C/1-6,
1967-68). Used to haul troops to Chu Lai from Da Nang; also used at remote
strips as shown. Used to resupply the Special Forces camp at Tra
Bong on the western edge of the 1st Bn 6th Inf tactical area in
Link here to the C-7A Caribou Association web site with hundreds of Vietnam-era photos.
[Note: several of the color photos are included in this web site
for identification purposes until better
photos are obtained for aircraft in support of the Americal Division. Official Army photos from 1973
Center for Military History Publication 90-4, Airmobility 1961-1971.]
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