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339th Transportation Company
Old 01-21-2018, 01:15 PM   #91
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1. 2 Hueys in for major overhaul. (the rocket pods in the background)

2. Reverse shot, note the allied workshops in the foreground trailers.
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Old 01-29-2018, 04:43 PM   #92
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1. Operations shack.

2. A sequence of photo's showing all three 339th ships in flight.
As in the 56th, a noteable event. These aircraft were strained to the top degree and
the price was paid by those maint guys, in all the early transportations companies that had these ships in their ranks.
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Old 01-29-2018, 04:45 PM   #93
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3 & 4
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Old 01-29-2018, 05:31 PM   #94
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Great photos !!!! Sure reminds me of my 2 tours in Vietnam ! Tom
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Old 02-04-2018, 05:38 AM   #95
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In April of 1964, a member of the 121st Aviation Company, wandered along the loading area of Soc-Trang Airbase and with a very good camera, snapped a picture of a CH37 uplifting a load. I cannot read the aircraft number, but with what appears to be an aircraft nickname on the upper canopy, (maybe just a trick of the light) that would seem to make it one from the 611th, as the 56th and 339th, marked their aircraft elsewhere. A chance photo while the aircraft was visting, but maybe not? 2 other photo's from different unit members, seem to indicate this was a stand by aircraft for recoveries or heavy loads at this base, on loan from? John

"When I enlarged and cleaned up that photo of the CH-37 lifting that palletized engine sling load, I am quite certain that the tail number is 636. And I think Frank that 636 was one of your aircraft, right?" Scott.

"John I do not recognize the 37 in the photos you forwarded, sorry. I was aware one of the CH37's did have a mission in Soc Trang, even though the 339th was supporting 1 & 2 Corps. I faintly remember crew chief Don Kaye. talking About a Soc Trang mission.636 was "Igor's numba one"
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Old 02-04-2018, 06:21 AM   #96
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Further veteran feedback, has confirmed that the CH37 pictured in the last thread,
was most likely on a 'long haul' flight from the 339th.
The default 'heavy lifter' was 'Big Daddy' from the 611th, still quite a journey from
Vung Tau, which put extra strain on these aircraft. The comments on the photo's
are from 121st Avn Co Vets, to them it always seemed to be spewing smoke and sat with the engine covers open. (colour photo is reversed) John
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Old 02-04-2018, 06:42 AM   #97
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It should be remembered, that although the CH37 passed the concept team tests
to perform the role, they were not designed for aircraft recovery.
Basically they were to carry troops and heavy equipment internally, point to point, off load and return to the rear areas. Numerous hover hook ups and long distance centrepoint loads, were not in the design spec. The fact they did what they did, for so long, is a testament to those that flew and maintained these aircraft.

"My understanding from the Sikorsky Museum is that only 156 of that model of helicopter were built by them, with a few going to Navy for anti-sub testing which didn’t work out; a larger number going to the Marine Corps, but by far the largest user of the CH-37 was the US Army. I think that the Army spec to Sikorsky was to make an aircraft that could haul internally the Honest John rocket on its launcher towed by a Jeep". Scott

On post 31, we see 'Big Nick' sat on a $250,000 Huey, that might be considered a bad result, but it could have been so much worse. That day the CH37 lost engine power and stated to drop like a stone with a severe sidewards lean, from that moment onwards, the pilot was fighting for his life, the crew and most likely those
in the immediate area. As the load shifted , every ounce of power and pilot skill was needed to right the ship before a blade strike, the severe strain on the aircraft can be seen, by the upwards cone effect of the rotor blades.
This as yet unknown pilot, should be saluted for his quick thinking and skill, to level the aircraft and get it down in one piece. John
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:15 AM   #99
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It continues to be interesting to see photos of the CH-37 and its history during the Vietnam War, thanks for posting photos of the CH-37.
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Old 02-15-2018, 04:32 AM   #100
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From John Brennan, via Marc Caraway.
The Signal Corps picture title, indicates the 339th. But the Nick name on
the nose, (not usually a sign of that unit) and the black ball cap
worn by the crew. Might indicate the 19th Transportation Det, that
was still attached to the unit in early to mid 1964.

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Old 02-17-2018, 12:12 PM   #101
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Thanks to Mike Edwards, who provided a picture of his local
made 'CE' and Parawings, adorning his Army soft cap.
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Old 02-18-2018, 10:08 AM   #102
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611th CH-37 Mojave 'Big Ed' at Hai Yen. This helicopter was used to fly in a replacement engine and right wing for Caribou A4-173 after its accident, looks like 'Big Daddy' in the background.
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