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SFC_Jeff_Button
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 2:18 pm
Post subject: Ft Irwins display helicopters

[img][/img][img][/img][img][/img][img][/img] %20%20These%20are%20Fort%20Irwins%20display%20helicopters.%20There%20are%20two%20others%20but%20one%20is%20inside%20the%20museum%20(an%20OH-23%20Hiller%20Raven)%20and%20the%20other%20is%20under%20going%20restoration,(UH-1M). %20%20The%20Cobra%20with%20the%20sharks%20mouth%20is%20an%20AH-1G-BF,%20upgraded%20to%20\"S\"%20standards.%20This%20bird%20never%20saw%20action%20in%20SEA. %20%20The%20second%20Cobra,%20an%20AH-1G-BF,%20upgraded%20to%20\"F\"%20standards%20was%20in%20SEA%20and%20served%20with%203IN%204CA%2025IN%20from%20Dec%201968%20till%20Dec%201970.%20Then%20it%20served%20most%20of%20its%20days%20through%201975%20at%20Fort%20Lewis,%20WA%20with%20the%209th%20INF%20Div.%20 %20%20The%20OPFOR%20UH-1H%20served%20in%20SEA,%20but,%20according%20to%20records%20was%20destroyed%20in%20Feb%201970.%20It%20was%20assigned%20to%20the%20135th%20AHC%20when%20it%20was%20written%20off.%20Before%20that%20it%20flew%20with%20the%2057th%20Med%20Det.%20This%20data%20belongs%20to%20the%20tail%20boom%20number.%20So%20this%20exact%20birds%20history%20is%20a%20mystery. %20%20OD%20Huey,%20UH-1H%20parked%20in%20trees%20actually%20served%20with%20the%2011th%20ACR%20in%20SEA.%20It%20was%20in%20SEA%20from%20June%201969%20through%20Feb%201972%20with%20the%2011th%20ACR.%20Once%20returned%20home,%20it%20served%20the%20rest%20of%20its%20days%20with%20the%20CA%20National%20Guard%20till%20Dec%201975.%20 %20%20There%20is%20one%20other%20Huey%20that%20the%20museum%20owns,%20that%20is%20at%20Dagget%20Airfield.%20It%20will%20soon%20be%20brought%20to%20Fort%20Irwin%20for%20work%20and%20display,%20possibly%20inside%20an%20new%20annex%20that%20the%20museum%20may%20soon%20get,%20(if%20funding%20ever%20happens).%20It%20is%20a%20UH-1H-BH,%20and%20it%20never%20served%20in%20SEA.%20 %20%20The%20Huey%20I%20first%20mention%20above%20that%20is%20under%20going%20resto,%20is%20tail%20number%2066-00528.%20It%20is%20the%20bird%20seen%20inside%20the%20storgae%20building.%20It%20is%20nick%20named%20the%20\"Yano%20Huey\"%20because%20the%20crew%20chief,%20who's%20name%20was%20SFC%20Yano,%20Rodney%20James%20Takashi,%20was%20KIA%20in%20this%20bird%20and%20recieved%20the%20CMH%20for%20his%20actions%20in%20saving%20the%20bird%20and%20the%20rest%20of%20the%20crew.%20He%20was%20delivering%20suppressive%20fire%20and%20was%20throwing%20white%20phosphorus%20grenades%20to%20mark%20enemy%20positions%20when%20one%20of%20the%20grenades%20went%20off%20prematurely%20and%20covered%20Yano%20and%20the%20inside%20if%20the%20bird%20with%20white%20phos.%20He%20was%20badly%20burned%20and%20much%20of%20the%20helicopters%20supplies%20and%20ammunition%20started%20to%20burn.%20Even%20though%20he%20was%20partially%20blinded,%20Yano%20began%20shoving%20stuff%20out%20of%20the%20aircraft,%20and%20in%20so%20doing,%20injured%20himself%20further.%20He%20died%20of%20his%20wounds%20but%20was%20able%20to%20save%20the%20bird%20and%20crew%20who%20made%20it%20back%20safely.%20This%20all%20happened%20January%201st%201969.%20This%20helo%20flew%20in%20SEA%20from%20Jan%201967%20till%20Feb%201972,%20when%20it%20was%20brought%20back%20to%20the%20US%20and%20given%20to%20the%20National%20Guard.%20Quite%20a%20colorful%20history.%20[img][/img]

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 2:24 pm
Post subject: Re: Ft Irwins display helicopters

Jeff,
Since you've got those histories on the SEA conflict birds, if you send me the high res pics and your "captions", I'll submit to John Conway at the Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's Assoc. site where they'll likely get posted at some point. Credit to the photographer, of course.
Ones you have the units for can likely be posted in the section for those units...otherwise, I'd seek to put them in the "aircraft" section.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 2:30 pm
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I've been in contact with Mr. Conway already, he and a Gary Roush sent me the histories on the SEA birds. I sent him the tailboom number from every Huey and Cobra here, to include the ones still used. I honestly can't recall if I sent him pictures though. Mr Conway seems like a nice guy. If I remember correctly, he is suppossed to be in SoCal around May and I offered to show him around here (before I knew I'd be leaving in May).

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 2:35 pm
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I've been in contact with Mr. Conway already, he and a Gary Roush sent me the histories on the SEA birds. I sent him the tailboom number from every Huey and Cobra here, to include the ones still used. I honestly can't recall if I sent him pictures though. Mr Conway seems like a nice guy. If I remember correctly, he is suppossed to be in SoCal around May and I offered to show him around here (before I knew I'd be leaving in May).


You're absolutely right, John is good people, we go way back...had him over to the house during his last visit over here...and he hosts all my stuff. By all means tell him you and I are in touch...he's absolutely committed to doing the right thing where vets and active duty are concerned.

We'll all have to get together come May, I think...by then, you'll be due a trip to San Diego.
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