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2005 Calendar, Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) - VHPA 2005 Calendar

Item Number: 20080211001
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  • 2005

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January A CH-54 with a 155 mm howitzer sling load over the highlands. The aircraft, serial number 66-18430, was part of the 478th HHC. This photograph was taken by Ron Magnus during his tour in 1969.

February The Kaaman Huskey HH-34 was an aircraft operated by the U.S. Air Force. It’s primary mission was to recue aircrews from disabled Air Force aircraft. By design, it created a downdraft and was able to spray a fire extinguishing agent down into the crash site to assist the firefighting crews. This photograph was taken by Don Joyce in 1967, at Pleiku.

March This photo was taken by Ben Prieb during his tour in 1966. It is of the staging area in preparation of a combat assault, lifting ground troops into combat.

April This photo was taken by Al Oliver during his tour with the 195th AHC Skychiefs. It is of a Navy UH-1B at Nha Be. The other photo shown below was taken by Al Oliver of a UH-1C gunship of the 195th gun platoon, the “Thunder Chickens”.

May Steve Stephen took this photo in February 1972. It is of a medevac UH-1H, serial number 15780.

June The photographs show above and below of the CH-21 Shawnee were taken by VHPA member Al Coucette while serving as a CH-21 crew chief at Campy Humphrey’s, South Korea. He, along with other crew members, volunteered for TDY to join the 81st Transportation Company in Pleiku in 1962.


This photo was taken by Bill Robie of a 92nd AHC, “Stallion” UH-1H conducting recondo training at Nha Trang in May 1968. After an all day hover mission involving the ladder and rappelling training, Bill climbed out of his Aircraft Commander seat, harnessed up and rappelled out of his own aircraft. “Exiting you own helicopter while it is still in the air is a strange feeling,” says Bill. The ladder assembly in the photo was used to extract recondo troops from areas where there was no possible landing sight. The other photos shown below are of a “Maguire” rig, which was similarly used to extract special forces troops from tall canopy jungle areas. The hardware consisted of nylon ropes 150 feet long with a parachute harness attached to the end. To penetrate the jungle canopy, a sand bag was tied to the harness to give the necessary momentum through the trees.

August This photo was taken by Bill Robie of a UH-1B was operated by Air America in 1968-69. It is of the aircraft waiting out of a rain storm at Bao Loc.

September Ken Rubin took this photo of two AH-1G Cobras enroute over III Corps to their next mission. They are from the Playboy Platoon of the 334th AHC, 145th Avn Bn, which was the first unit to fly Cobras in combat in Vietnam.

October This photo was taken by Bill Robie of a CH-47 supporting Republic of Korea troops in Qui Nhon.

November Steve Stephen took this photo of an OH-6A scout aircraft landing at Camp Holloway in early 1972. The aircraft is serial number 17327 assigned to H Troop, 10th Cavalry.

December This photograph shows a Marine CH-53 with a sling load in the background with a 101st Airborne Division CH-47 in the foreground. It was taken by Fred Thompson during his tour.

Above This photograph of an OH-13 from the D/14 Cav “Outcast” was taken by Ellwood Soderlind in December 1967, somewhere in the I Corps area.

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20080211001, Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) Collection, The Vietnam Center and Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 30 Apr 2018 [Updated: 30 Apr 2018]