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Jerome. L. Riggs
Old 04-04-2020, 08:10 AM   #226
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Jerome trested himself to a new lighter, that reflected his
current aircraft. Here is one ' hairy' incident, as transcribed by Scott.

'”They had a bad crash over a load when they lost tail rotor control, they could not cut away the load prior to landing, and that did considerable damage to the aircraft. When you lose tail rotor control in flight the speed through the air tends to weathervane the helicopter and no tail rotor control or anti-torque control is needed. But as you start to slow down that weather vane affect starts to lessen and you need to start feeding in some tail rotor to overcome the torques tendency to start turning the fuselage in the opposite direction the main rotor blades are being powered in. The slower and heavier you are, the more tail rotor (anti torque) input you need to counteract the torque. According to Jerry they made several passes over the runway trying to release the load so they could make a running landing without the load, which is the way to do that, but the damned hook would not open. Jerry was told to use his machine gun to shoot the hook to see if that would release it, but that didn’t work either. So with the 20 minute low fuel warning light being on for about 15 minutes they had no option but slowing down as much as they could and landing on top of the load. Jerry said it was one hell of a noisy, bouncy ride until all came to rest. The CH-37 remained upright, good actions by the pilots. But she did spin around at one point which did considerable damage to the fuselage, landing gear, and no doubt the flight crews undies.According to Jerry she was repaired in Country and was put back into service later on. Scott
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Old 04-05-2020, 02:51 AM   #227
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During a telephone interview with Bill Mullen, (1 of 8 original pilots, who crewed the
A.Flight 19th aircraft, that shipped from Korea to Vietnam) he indicated he was
the only one still living. He was recently pleased to be proved wrong, when a 2nd pilot was located.
The VHPA had found no trace over the years, but I spotted a 2 year old message
from Lloyd, on a vietnam memorial website. Contact was made and a fit and well Lloyd responded.
He has received a copy of our CH37 history book and will, after the current crisis is over, conduct an oral interview.
Although as a pilot, he was not a great picture taker, he did provide some superb quailty colour images of the period.
I will be posting these later in the thread, but as
an advance, here is a superb shot of Jerrys 2nd aircraft. Taken on its flight from Vung Tau docks, to the 611th Trans Co.
Note the recent paint over, of the hi-visability markings used in Korea and the addition of a single
visability stripe on the upper airframe. The golden yellow serial numbers remain,
with the overall paint scheme to be applied, in line with the 611th norm in 1963.
John.
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623
Old 04-11-2020, 12:31 PM   #228
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Plenty of missions, brought plenty of
maint and repair. J
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Asstd Pictures Jerry Riggs
Old 04-12-2020, 10:57 AM   #229
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Old 04-12-2020, 11:06 AM   #230
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625 = 'Iron Lady'
Old 04-13-2020, 09:53 AM   #231
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Weapons of war.
Old 04-19-2020, 02:49 AM   #232
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Garry Batt, served in the armoury.
Captured weapons: French, German, Japanese,
I presume. What type are those? black stocks up.

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Old 04-19-2020, 05:16 AM   #233
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Lots of M3A1's and are those 2 barrels at the front filled with M1A1 carbines?
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Jerry Riggs,
Old 05-03-2020, 12:51 PM   #234
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Lots of practise in between missions, yellow painted hulk in the
56th and 611th. Jerrys unit went the extra mile, with door and
nose art. All 3 ship's fly past with the canary and smoke, not sure
of the event, could just be as simple has having all 3 at full mission
availability.
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Crash Investigation Engine Recovery
Old 05-10-2020, 10:31 AM   #235
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Jerry was on the Crew of 623, for this operation outside of Vietnam.
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Date & Time: Oct 14, 1964
Type of aircraft: Boeing B-50 Superfortress Registration: 48-065 (USAF)
Flight Phase: Flight Flight Type: Supply. Survivors: Yes
Site: Plain, Valley Location: Thailand
Circumstances: The crew was engaged in a supply mission over Laos. Apparently, an engine failed en route, forcing the crew to bail out. The airplane dove into the ground and crashed in a huge explosion about 230 km northeast of Bangkok. All six crew members were found alive while 11 people on the ground were killed.
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Old 05-10-2020, 10:34 AM   #236
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Mystery Patch?
Old 05-10-2020, 12:11 PM   #237
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Well at least to me.
When Jerry arrived with the unit, there were still 2 CH21's
in operation with unit, I shall be posting pictures shorlty.

In 2 black and white shots, the patch appears, but even more
helpful, a colour picture has emerged.
They flew with 611th Noseart, but any ideas on the patch. ?
Ta. John.
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