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  1. I always figured it was a Jolly Green being the fastest. Learned something! The Chinook could fly much higher than a slick, but the problem again was the pilots wanting to fly them like a slick. Where they got the idea that flying the map of the earth was the ticket is flat nuts. Yet when they got back to the rear, they'd increase altitude. A 51 cal makes short work out of a Chinook, and a 37mm is usually fatal. gary
  2. keep in mind a few things about an insertion. If the pilot knows his business, the chopper never stops moving forward. Just slows to a crawl. Maybe four or five mph. But some folks never get that right, and will simply stop; creating a pile up on the ground. Then there's the guy why panics and goes thru the LZ at ten or fifteen mph. Your off loading with the door gunner and the post right in your way. You go out to his left and about tear your arm off on the door (or worse). The good crews flew without the doors, and of course slowed down without stopping. Of course the doors were often reinstalled during the monsoon, but you didn't do a lot of insertions anyway. Medvacs or dust offs didn't like doors because they often had seconds to get outta dodge, and the quicker you got him aboard the better his chances. Another issue with slicks, was resupply. The quicker you pushed everything off the floor the better your chances on both ends. A chopper on the ground was an automatic death count. You could count the chunk of the rounds being dropped in the mortar tubes. When you heard the first one, you knew you had thirty to forty five seconds to get outta there. And believe me they have the DZ pre-registered long before you dropped by for brunch. I danged near separated my shoulder once on an insertion when my left arm got caught on the door when the bipod on the sixty hung up on it. Another time The pilot panicked and kicked the speed up a bunch. I hit the post and broke a rib or two. From then on I went out the opposite side the door gunner was at. A good pilot and crew were worth their weight in gold. gary
  3. Chinooks were primarily used as a heavy lifting device. There was two distinct variations. One with a 12,000 lb. lift capacity (most common), and a heavy lift version. Also heat and humidity had a lot to do with the job on hand. Arty units lived and died by the Chinook. Yet I've seen "hatchet teams " roll in via chinook, but also a klick out. MIKE Forces used them a lot to assemble, and then board slicks with gunships all over the place. So I guess you could say they did take them into harms way. I went down in one, and limped to an LZ in another. I hated them! Big old target for three 51's in a cross fire while it plodded thru a valley. Can still hear those 51's cutting thru all that tin they're made out of. Still you had to have them every day. Being used as a gunship makes one think somebody had too much free time on their hands. Everyone I ever saw was unarmed but one. They got tired of being shot at out our way, and put an M2 on the rear ramp. By the time he was shooting, the bad guys were headed to the beach for a swim! The real issue was the lack of gunships. Not Cobras, but plain jane gunships. One thing the Chinook had over the slicks and gunships was range. Not a big deal when your making strikes up and down the coast, but they set you down on the Laotian border and things get dark. That's a forty minute flight from Chu Lai or DaNang, Some slicks couldn't get back home without a refuel stop! A Chinook could do it easily. It really got bad up near the Ashau, and points further north. You best not be shot up bad, cause you won't see the next sunrise. gary
  4. Maybe wrong, but I think the "Bolo" airframe was one he repossessed from a group of new pilots. May have been a "D", or even an "E". I'd have to go back and reread his book to find out again. Thinking back, I don't think it had the built in gun, so that makes it a D or C model. gary
  5. Now I like the Hasegawa kit in 1/48th scale, but they are also getting hard to come by these days. I have a need for a couple A4c's, and they're hard to come by. All the while I have several sets of Impact decals going to waste. gary
  6. I'm wanting the weapons and ejector racks to be sold as a separate kit for all the airframes. They will sell like ice in Hades! gary
  7. I have seen several gary
  8. The USSR had a deep fear of the B47 bomber, and it was at their forefront of their mindset to get rid of them. The B52 in the early to mid fifties was still under constant development. By 1960 the B52 had moved into one of the most feared weapons system on the planet. Still in Vietnam, the B47 would have done very well as a low level strike aircraft. Over Korea, the MIG15 would have been hard on a B36. Yet had the Korean war gone into 1954, you would have seen the B47 in action. Remember the B47 evolved out of a WWII German concept, and the U.S. took it an ran with it. All the while, there were other ideas looming in the mid fifties. The F105 strike fighter and later the F111. The B52 was a constantly evolving project employing data gleaned from all sorts of airframes. Even the SR71! gary
  9. the way I gather it, Olds flew at least three and maybe a fourth Phantom. gary
  10. wait till AMK releases the very early F14a. I'll have at least four of them. I found an F14B that I just have to do in a book I picked up. gary
  11. got my two kits ordered this morning thru Victory Models. No way I will voluntarily order from Stevens. gary
  12. Oh boy! I'm really gonna be poor this fall! I can see four ZM Phantoms as well as the two Tomcats I just ordered. Lets get cracking on some new Robin Olds decal sheets right away!!! gary
  13. Dwight Birdwell out of the 3/4 CAV was nominated at least once (and maybe twice) for the CMH, and never left the field. His book Hundred Miles Of Bad Road will make you stay awake at night! Most guys don't get nominated to long after the fact. A point in fact is Bernie Adkins. It took almost fifty years for him to get the one he should have gotten in 68 or 69, while a guy in the Air Force who claimed to have landed a Sky Raider in the Ashau got his very quickly. I never knew Adkins, but knew who he was in 68. Some of the guys from the old A102 were posted at the new A102. How could it have taken 50 years???? Also knew who Birdwell was, as he was famous all over the country for his exploits. gary
  14. doubt that. I waiting for the Tamiya kits to hit the 25% off pile right now as everybody is waiting for the better kit. With 25% off and a set of A.M. wings you have a good start gary
  15. the "Devine MS G" (girl friend) says I've now evolved into a hoarder! I did an inventory last year with my fly tying stuff. I have a minimum of 2,000 hooks alone. Many of them are no longer produced, and feathers are just as bad. Maybe I'm going nuts! gary