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From the source, Bob Coveney: “On the wall above my bed at Lane…

From the source, Bob Coveney: “On the wall above my bed at Lane Army Heliport. I still have both of these, the wings were from my time with the 203rd RAC while flying O-1G Birdogs. 1971″

Alpha Company, 2/8th Cavalry, circa 1965

Alpha Company, 2/8th Cavalry, circa 1965

usnatarchivesexhibits: Airborne: Lobo, 1968 Does your dog…

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Airborne: Lobo, 1968

Does your dog enjoy the breeze blowing in his face during a car ride? Maybe he would enjoy parachute jumping as Lobo here did. The pup almost appears to be grinning after finishing his first parachute jump with his handler, Sergeant Frank Spano.

Animals (war dogs, mascots, pets) – 1968

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Bell UH-1 Huey at work, 1970

Bell UH-1 Huey at work, 1970

Radio telephone operator, 6th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment,…

Radio telephone operator, 6th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 1970.

Dog handler of the 1st Infantry Division, circa 1966.

Dog handler of the 1st Infantry Division, circa 1966.

“The minigun ships, on the other hand, carried fourteen rockets, and two, 7.62mm, six-barrel minigun,…”

“The minigun ships, on the other hand, carried fourteen rockets, and two, 7.62mm, six-barrel minigun, machine guns. These are truly awesome weapons. The machine guns were electrically operated from a sighting system in the copilot seat. The aircraft commander (AC) could, however, take control of these guns if he deemed fit. An electronic, piper or bullseye was in the sights and the copilot moved this piper to line up on his target. The sights came down on a mechanical arm from their stowed position when the copilot released them. As he moved the piper, the guns followed. We generally set these guns to fire at a rate of 2,400 rounds per minute. That meant the ship could put out 80 rounds per second. These guns had a maximum capability of firing 6,000 rounds per minute but that rate was reserved for the faster fixed wing fighter jets. At our fire rate of 2,400 rounds per minute at the speed of 120 knots, a good operator could put a bullet in every square foot on the ground. You don’t need any more coverage than that. More would waste ammunition and decrease your available time at a combat station. Try to imagine what it would sound like if you were to make the single blast of a 308 high powered rifle a continuous sound. Let me tell you, it is a deafening roar when the miniguns kick in. They get hot quickly, so they are set up to fire no more than three second bursts, and then automatically kick off for three seconds, to keep the barrels from melting down.”

Guts ‘N Gunships: What it was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam by Mark Garrison, page 114

“Sniffer missions were comprised of having a machine in the cargo compartment behind the pilots that…”

“Sniffer missions were comprised of having a machine in the cargo compartment behind the pilots that would measure ammonia levels in the air. There were generally two guys on board, who operated the ammonia sensing equipment, besides the four man crew. Since congregations of humans gave off a lot of ammonia as a result of their metabolism, the army figured this would be a good way to find groups of enemy troops. The only drawback was that congregations of monkeys also gave off a lot of ammonia. It was Standard Operating Procedure for a Sniffer flight to be flown at fifty feet, just above the tops of the trees, at fifty knots airspeed. In other words, it was dangerous as hell. During the flight, the ammonia machine operators would say “mark!” into the intercom radio and the crew chief or door gunner would throw out a smoke grenade, marking the area. Immediately a gunship fire team would roll in on the smoke-marked area and blow the absolute crap out of it. I always suspected a lot of monkeys were needlessly massacred.”

Guts ‘N Gunships: What it was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam by Mark Garrison, page 104

27th Infantry soldier riding a truck through Cu Chi Base Camp,…

27th Infantry soldier riding a truck through Cu Chi Base Camp, circa 1967.

“So many things can go wrong with a helicopter we made our own definition of a helicopter in Vietnam….”

“So many things can go wrong with a helicopter we made our own definition of a helicopter in Vietnam. It went like this: hel•i•cop•ter [hel-i-kop-ter,] noun 1. a collection of one hundred thousand complicated parts, flying in loose formation, built by the lowest bidder.”

Guts ‘N Gunships: What it was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam by Mark Garrison, page 91