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A rare event.
Old 09-23-2017, 08:17 AM   #46
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"The shot of our three CH-37’s in flight with the main gear pulled up, is when we got all three of them flying. At the same time mind you! Unheard of…We were flying down to our sister company the 611th in Vung Tau to do a flyby with colored smoke to rub their noses in it a bit. Getting all three of them in flyable condition at the same time was damned unusual." Scott
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Self Protection / varied loads
Old Yesterday, 11:27 AM   #47
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Amendum to post 45.
"John, the guy up on the #2 (right hand) engine is filling the 55 gallon (yes GALLON!) oil tank. Those engines were worked so hard that they went through a lot of engine oil. Most every flight required 15 or 20 gallons of oil per engine." Scott

Fixed mounts enabled a switch to twin handled guns, greater accuracy and control.
Note: left hand gunner has Machette, standard kit for jungle and airframe hacking. See post 37, for close up ofcargo door gun mount.

"Gunner and Crew Chief also were tethered when manning there M60's out the window and aft door. We used to call the tethered straps, "John Wayne straps". Frank

"We started out with straps holding the door guns but soon switched to hard mounts. I don’t know for sure but probably like Frank our machinists made what we needed. They were fabricated in country by our very capable machine shop troops. Our allied shops could do most anything that we needed. Certified welders, electricians, instrument repair guys, hydraulic guys and of course the sheet metal guys". Scott
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Old Yesterday, 12:09 PM   #48
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"Frank, I don’t remember having those winches mounted in our aircraft. I guess you used it to pull stuff up the ramps in front? And probably when you were doing that drone recovery work?" Scott

"Those are cargo straps to stabilize the winch. Yes Scott, can only remember a few occasions using the winch hauling through the clam shell doors. A very large generator, Huey engines, and Catipiller steel tracks, engine parts and many pallets."

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