Assault helicopter gun and rockets. Tom Pienta says: "got to hear the mini-gun up close and personal when I was fighting on the ground after crawling out of the fire of my Huey...sounded like an immense roar..last thing I really heard before everything went into slow motion, silence, I call it the Bubble." Photo by Tom Everhart.
UH-1C Gunship, close but no cigar. Tom Pienta remembers: "again, Fate is the Hunter..my little assault helo co. was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the Valorous Achievement, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry...Tay Ninh base camp was called Rocket City, as we received incoming EVERY day..the trip to the bunker was routine...flying was a real magic carpet ride with a little bit of armor..getting teary-eyed here again..those days are embedded in my mind more deeply than yesterday." Photo by Tom Everhart.
Soldiers reloading the ammunition on a Cobra gunship. Photo by Russell Elderbaum, a "Scout" with D-Troop during 1969 & 1970. 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin. http://www.dtroop.com/
Side View of a Cobra Helicopter Named "Mighty Mouse"
Side view of the Cobra we named "Mighty Mouse." We always painted the name of our gunship on its nose. Photo by Melvin Walker, a CW2 gun pilot and flew "Mel's Toy" with the Scout Platoon, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. courtesy of Mike Gustin. http://www.dtroop.com/
Iroquois Helicopter, Charlie model gunship loading up with rockets - "these perforated steel planking ammo dumps were often set up & maintained by the Air Force and we liked to go there and steal the Willie Pete (white phosperous (sic) rockets they (the Air Force) kept there for their O-2 Birddog spotter planes." -Vietnam Veteran. Photo by David Adams, a Cobra pilot in the gun group during the years 1970-1971 with the Scout Platoon, D-Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin. http://www.dtroop.com/
Gunship maintenance. Photo by Mike Gustin who came to Chu Lai to be with D-Troop after spending one year in the Central Highlands of Pleiku. Mike was a Door Gunner and Crew Chief with the "Scouts". D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970.