The Good Widow Mrs Jones
assigned to the 121st AHC Soc Trang Tigers during the period 67-68.
65-9777 was a UH-1D with a T53-L11 engine.
None of our Huey's were H Models or had L-13 engines during its time with the Tigers.
The older D's had the pitot tube on the nose. The newer D's, as did the H models, had the pitot tube on the Roof.
The reason being that many soldiers & others got stuck on it when walking around then nose.
Also the Tigers Head on the pilots doors had a "White" Lightning Flash. Not "red" as depicted elsewhere.
Of course doors could be replaced and the Tigers Head and Lightning Flash were applyed with a stencil...one color after another, the lightning flash was added last. Thats why its missing on the photo above.
During my tour 67-68 I never saw a red lightning flash.
The foot step on the skids, below the pilots door were also normally painted White or Blue for the reasons stated below.
Also on the Tailboom, ahead of the Stabilizer, was a White Triangle with a smaller Red Triangle inside it. All 121st a/c had this marking.
The Tigers had three platoons.
The 1st Platoon had a White Lightning Flash....call sign White Tiger
The 2nd Platoon had a Blue Lightning Flash....call sign Blue Tiger
The 3rd Platoon was the Gun Platoon with UH-1B's.....call sign Vikings...no Tigers head...they had their own Viking markings on the door & nose
I was a crew member (Pilot) on this aircraft when we got shot down in Tieu Can, IV Corp (Mekong Delta) on a resupply Mission on 6 Feb 1968. This was during TET.
It was retrieved several weeks later by a CH-47 and lifted back to Soc Trang.
Because of the damage incured I believe it was returned to the states for rebuilding.
No more Tail Rotor Transmission (90 gearbox) or T/R blades, many holes in the boom, underbody (fuel tanks),fuselage and cockpit.
After its rebuild & Military use it was sold on the civilian market.
It is now flying in South Africa as ZU-LCY.