Category: helicopters

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.

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.

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

uss-edsall:

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

uss-edsall:Photograph of UH1C Gun Ship Air Lifted and Evacuated,…

uss-edsall:

Photograph of UH1C Gun Ship Air Lifted and Evacuated, 10/19/1967. NARA 66620965 

todaysdocument: “Operation ‘Rang Dong.’ A column of UH-1D…

todaysdocument:

Operation ‘Rang Dong.’ A column of UH-1D helicopters prepare to disembark members of Co “C”, 3rd Bn’s, 7th Inf, 199th Light Inf Bde, for a combat assault.” 11/22/1967

File Unit: Vietnam – Aviation-Helicopters-UH-1D [Huey], 1963 – 1973Series: Photographs of U.S. Army Operations in Vietnam, 1963 – 1973Record Group 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 – 1985


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todaysdocument: “Mobile Riverine Force. A UH-1D Evacuation…

todaysdocument:

“Mobile Riverine Force. A UH-1D Evacuation Helicopter comes in for a landing on an ATC which has a Helipad mounted on the deck to pick up two soldiers wounded in an early morning assault. My Tho River, Vietnam.” 

10/31/1967

File Unit: Vietnam – Air Traffic Control (ATC), 1963 – 1973Series: Photographs of U.S. Army Operations in Vietnam, 1963 – 1973Record Group 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 – 1985


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soldiers-of-war: SOUTH VIETNAM. August 6, 1963. Vietnamese…

soldiers-of-war:

SOUTH VIETNAM. August 6, 1963. Vietnamese airborne rangers, their two U.S. advisers, and a team of 12 U.S. Special Forces troops set out to raid a Viet Cong supply base 62 miles northwest of Saigon. As the H-21 helicopters hovered six feet from the ground to avoid spikes and wires and under sniper fire, the troops jumped out to attack.

Photograph: Horst Faas/AP