Military airplane "This is an Otter, in 1971 Would love to get my hands on a Beaver, they were chump change in the 70's. On floats these days they bring tons of [money.] Photo and comment by Tom Everhart.
Caribou. Photo by Tom Shoupe, 1968. Company B, 1/7 Cavalry. In Vietnam the Caribou was used to re-supply fighting forces in-country because of its unique ability to fly in and out of camps on short, unimproved airstrips. Typical cargoes were fuel (gasoline, diesel fuel, and JP-4), munitions (small arms ammunition, 2.75 inch aircraft rockets, 105mm, 155mm, 175mm, and 8 inch howitzer projectiles), food (widely varying from very conventional American steak and chicken, to live pigs, chickens, ducks, and eels for the ARVN troops), passengers (U.S. military, RVN military, RVN civilians, and even NVA POWs), and sadly, bodies.
Students and instructors in airplane hangar engaged in teaching and learning about aeronautic repair. Digitization completed with funds from a 2017 USHRAB (Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board) Grant that was awarded to Salt Lake Community College, Library Services.
Airbase at Quang Ngai, Vietnam, 1963. Photos taken by CW4 (ret.) Mervin "Jake" Miller. Started as the 8th Transportation Company then converted to the 117th Aviation Company. Photo courtesy of Matthew W. Miller.
U-21A rigged for radio relay. "Got a birds eye view of the war in 1972 when the North Vietnamese Army rolled into the Central Highlands with tanks, which was a first and, the beginning of the end." -Vietnam Veteran. Photo by Tom Everhart.
Pig 6 on short final, Sanford Army Airfield, Long Binh, Vietnam, 1972. "They were a lot easier to fly than Huey's, better yet the bad guys didn't waste ammo shooting at us." -Vietnam Veteran. Photo by Tom Everhart.
Photo by Brent Gourley and repaired by Dan Fox, 12/1966 -12/67. 281st AHC, Nha Trang, RVN. The 281st Assault Helicopter Company has a rich history and involvement in Special Forces Operations and Special Operations. From the first UH-1A that was operational in-country until the day the colors were retired, the 281st AHC and its predecessor units were instrumental in the strategic reconnaissance mission that was the mainstay of the 5th Special Forces Group (ABN), Special Projects and Special Operations units. It is considered by the U.S. Army Special Warfare Museum and its Historians to be the legacy unit for today's Special Operations Aviation units as it was the only Aviation unit that was attached to the 5th Special Forces Group (ABN) during the Vietnam War. The 281st Assault Helicopter Company (AHC) "Intruders" was stationed at Nha Trang, Republic of Vietnam 1965-1970. It was originally attached to the 5th Special Forces Group and was situated inside the Special Forces Operating Base (SFOB). The 281st AHC was the first US Army Helicopter Company organized and trained as a Special Operations Aviation unit in the Republic of Vietnam. A combat aviation task force from the unit was attached, as requested, to Detachment B-52, Project Delta, a Special Operations Augmentation unit that conducted strategic reconnaissance and other clandestine operations throughout the country of South Vietnam. This attachment constituted the major mission of the unit and resulted in it being named the US Army´s First Special Operations Helicopter Company. The 281st trained with and supported the Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) RECONDO Training Center in Nha Trang and in its later years provided support for all Major Commands (MACOMs) within the II Corps Tactical Zone. http://www.281st.com/index.htm
C-118 loading wounded to transport to the PI. Usually ROK marines. They rotated down to Cam Rahn about every 3 months to do this run where they had a 3 day lay over at Clark. Photo by Lonnie Strickland.
John Swayze, ANZAC Infantry group, with a Porter, a powerful tool to locate exact locations of Viet Cong units when they keyed their transmitter. Picture taken at Luscombe field, Nui Dat. Photo by Dave Breisch.