Category: aviation

Crashed Boeing CH-47 Chinook of the US Army 228th Assault…


The aircraft commander, Capt. Larry D. Mohler, is on top of CH-47B 66-19114 making a final inspection before flying the damaged aircraft, alone, off to the side of the LZ.

Crashed Boeing CH-47 Chinook of the US Army 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion, Cambodia, circa 1970.

From the source:

They were on short final to an LZ in Cambodia with a “105” sling and had a blade strike. The co-pilot chopped the throttles and they ended up on top of the load sitting on a dirt mound… The pilot cranked back up (all by himself) and hovered over to the side of the LZ to get it out of the way. The crew departed the area on a Huey and left #114 for Maintenance to recover later. The aircraft commander, Capt. Larry D. Mohler, is on top of CH-47B 66-19114 [in the last photo] making a final inspection before flying the damaged aircraft, alone, off to the side of the LZ. 

Bomb craters full of water as viewed from a helicopter.

Bomb craters full of water as viewed from a helicopter.

USAF de Havilland Canada C-7 Caribou landing at Dak Seang. The…

USAF de Havilland Canada C-7 Caribou landing at Dak Seang. The smoke visible was used to show direction of the winds, 5 November 1971.

From the source: An enjoyable job for Marine plane captains of…

From the source:

An enjoyable job for Marine plane captains of VMA-311 as they wash grime and dirt from their A4E Skyhawks. The washing is necessary to prevent corrosion and clogging of moving parts on the exterior of the plane. Lance Corporal William E. Lysle (Burbank, Calif.), left, and Lance Corporal Porter R. Tkachuk (Boston, Mass.), mix another batch of soap to clean the aircraft. [1965]

US Army Bell AH-1 Cobra, 1969

US Army Bell AH-1 Cobra, 1969

From the source:Camp Evans with extra aircraft (a Crane, other…

From the source:

Camp Evans with extra aircraft (a Crane, other Hooks, and Hueys) parked everywhere. Crimson Tide park turned into a staging area while everyone waited for the weather to break over the A Shau Valley. No – my ship (#129 there in front) didn’t have a hard landing to make that crater. SeaBees dug our parking revetments with bulldozers and I think they got carried away on a few of them. It took a good “front seater” to land in some of the deeper ones…

Piasecki H-21 Shawnee of the 339th Transportation Company, circa…

Piasecki H-21 Shawnee of the 339th Transportation Company, circa 1962-1963.

todaysdocument: “COMFORTABLE MAINTENANCE– During a lull in their…

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“COMFORTABLE MAINTENANCE– During a lull in their flight schedule, Marine Cpl. William H. Mielke, top, and LCpl. Phillip J. Orlando of Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron-36, take a comfortable position before starting to clean the big AD20-8 engine of the H&MS-36 C-117 aircraft.” 30 Dec 67

31 – Aircraft – Maintenance – December 30, 1967, 12/30/1967.
File Unit: Divider/Subject – 31 – Aircraft – Maintenance, 1962 – 1975Series: Black and White Photographs of Marine Corps Activities in Vietnam, 1962 – 1975Record Group 127: Records of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1775 – 


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usnatarchivesexhibits: Operation Linebacker II After peace…

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Operation Linebacker II

After peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam broke down in 1972, the American military carried out Operation Linebacker II, the sequel to an aerial campaign completed earlier that year. Also known as the “Christmas Bombings” or “December Raids,” American B-52s delivered heavy infrastructural damage to North Vietnam resulting in mass power outages and destroying the rail system. Operation Linebacker II resulted in approximately 1,600 civilian casualties.

Bombs lined up as preparations are made for LINEBACKER Operations over North Vietnam

A munitions specialists prepares a bomb that will be used during LINEBACKER Operations over North Vietnam

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uss-edsall:Photograph of a UH1D Helicopter Landing at the…

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Photograph of a UH1D Helicopter Landing at the Battalion Command Post, 9/6/1967. NARA 66953625