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2006 Calendar, Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) - 2006 Calendar

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  • 2006

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January This Sikorsky CH-53A was photographed by Robert Brackenhoff at Quang Tri in Feb 1971 during Lam Son 719. Other pictures this month are of Marine CH-53s; one taken by Dean Nelson at Chu Lai and another by Fred Thompson at Khe Sanh.

February This photograph of three AH-1 Cobras assigned to the 3/17 Air Cav was taken by Robert Brightwell during his Vietnam tour in 1970. Other pictures appearing this month are a Bell AH-1G as it returns to Quang Tri on a late February afternoon in 1971 during Lam Son 719, taken by Rober Brackenhoff, and a picture of a camouflage-painted Cobra snapped by Larry Winters at Song Be in 1970.

March This CH-54, Skycrane was photographed by Michael Inlow during his 1970-71 tour. It was taken at Khe Sahn during the Lam Son 719 operation. Michael Inlow also photographed the Skycrane during refuling at the Quang Tri POL site in September of 1970. The other CH-54 picture shown this month was taken by Joe Duvall.

April Robert Brightwell photographed this OH-6A assigned to C Troop, 3/17 Cavalry during his 1968-69 Vietnam tour. Other photos: The two OH-6As were photographed in flight by Jack Cattilini. A Hughes OH-6A (serial number 67-16680) taken in Quang Tri revetment in Feb 1971 during Lam Son 719 by Robert Brackenhoff.

May The three photographs appearing this month were taken by Robert Brackenhoff. They are of a Bell 204B of Air America (manufacturer’s serial number 2198 – civil registration N1306X). One of the photos shows the aircraft sitting at LZ Bronco, in front of the Headquarters of the 11th Infantry Brigade, “Jungle Warriors” in 1970 or early 1971. The aircraft survived the war and research shows it is recently registered as N204AQ. Another picture of this aircraft with an OH-6A in the background was taken at Quang Tri in Feb 1971 during Lam Son 719.

June The photo of these two UH-1B helicopters was taken by Robert Brightwell at Sandy Point in IV Corps during his Vietnam tour. The aircraft belonged at one time to the U.S. Army and later transferred to the U.S. Navy. Other pictures shown during this month are of a UH-1 landing on a Naval ship, photographed by John Nielson in 1966, and of a CH-47 Gunship, call sign “birth control,” on the USNS Corpus Christi Bay taken by Al Doucette in 1967.

July This Boeing-Vertol CH-47A of the 196th ASHC (serial number 66-19052) shoots a touch and go at Duc Pho in 1970. This aircraft survived the war and was later upgraded to a CH-47D. A second photo of a Boeing Bertol CH47A belonging to the 196th ASH (serial number 65-7997) is shown after a practice GCA approach to Duc Pho in 1970. Both photos were taken by Robert Brackenhoff during his 1970 tour. Te third picture was taken by Jack Cattilini.

August Robert Brightwell photographed this UH-1 assigned to the U.S. Air Force during his 1968-69 tour. The other picture shown below is of a Air Force HH-43, Pedro sitting on a standby pad at Cam Ranh Bay.

September The CH-37, Mojave, being towed to the flight line was photographed by John Nielson in 1965. John also took the picture of the two CH-37s framing the UH-1 landing formation. The other photo of a CH-37 on the ramp in Bangkok was taken by Don Joyce.

October This OH-13 was employed as a scout aircraft of an Air Cavalry unit prior to being replaced by the OH-6A. Both photographs appearing in this month were taken by John Nielsen.

November Al Doucette photographed all three of the pictures shown this month. This CH-21 is awaiting its next mission in 1962. Montagnaard villagers can be seen curiously inspecting the helicopter, a new sight to them. The CH-21 armament consisted of 30 caliber door guns shown in one of the photos below.

December This photograph of a UH-1H sling loading an OH-6A belonging to the 7/17 Air Cav was taken by John Kawa in October of 1968. The picture of the CH-47 with a UH-1H on a sling was taken by Jack Cattilini. The third photo is of the Chinook Flight Engineer’s most frequent view of UH-1D Huey. This busted bird is a “Minuteman” from the Lift Platton of the 176th AHC at Chu Lai as it was being lifted back to maintenance by a 178 ASHC, Boxcar Chinook. It was photographed by Dean Nelson.

Above This photograph of a Bell OH-58A (serial number 68-16884) was taken by Robert Brackenhoff at Quang Tri in Feb 1971 during Lam Son 719.

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20080212001, 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]