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Michael A.

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  1. Check with the Army Safety Center at Ft. Rucker, AL. They will have details as to the Army's prospective on this accident.
  2. I was within a couple of weeks from graduating EOD School at Indian Head, Md. It was a pretty intense study time and I was not keeping up with current events at the time. Great news when I finally realized the magnitude of the accomplishment.
  3. 21 and Bullet Proof About 10 years ago a You--Tube Video '21 and Bullet Proof' was available. 45 - 60 minutes as I recall, with most excellent footage. It had no narration but was choreographed to some 'inspirational' music of the day. I tried to look it up again a few years back and it had apparently been pulled / canceled for having used music without the proper prior approvals.
  4. Would like to trade a 1/72 Fujimi RAF Phantom II ‘Tiger’ F-3 kit No. G-17 for a 1/72 Fujimi A-4E/F (no preference in kit No. or markings). F-3 kit box has been opened but all bags are still sealed. Would like to trade within USA or APO’s. Thanks in advance, Michael ma5campbell@hotmail.com
  5. AH-56A Cheyenne ‘v’ S-67 Blackhawk I was an academic instructor at Ft. Rucker between 1984 and 1987. During that time, I would talk helicopters in general and AH-1G’s in particular with anyone willing to talk. I was fortunate enough to meet a former AH-56 test pilot who had also flown the S-67 while it was being touted by Sikorsky to the Army. As I recall he stated the S-67 was everything that the Army was looking for in the AH-56 and it worked. Sikorsky had taken the engines, transmission, rotor system and drive train designs from their S-3 helicopter and built a sleek Attack Helicopter around these already proven components, the same way Bell built the Cobra around the components used in the ‘Charlie’ Model gunship. Once the bills were totaled up following the cancelation of the AH-56 the Army had no intention of backstepping into the Sikorsky offering. About 20 years ago I contacted Sikorski while researching the S-67. I was fortunate enough to speak with an engineer that had worked on the S-67 project. It is my opinion that he was still ‘displeased’ that the Army did not take a closer look at the S-67 back it the day. As for the AH-64 Mafia and the Cobra community, that too is an interesting story. The old budgeting rule of, ‘Why purchase something new when you still have something old that works’ came into play here as well. During early 90’s. the army was giving high time TOW cobras to the Marine Corps. They would be flown to NAS Pensacola where the TSU’s and TOW systems were removed, refurbished and installation on AH-W’s. The Army Cobras were the crushed and stacks of them could be seen in a parking lot not far from the front gate to NAS Pensacola. Get rid of the old helicopters and Congress will ‘have-to’ provide money for new helicopters. Anyone notice how fast the OH-58D’s disappeared a few years ago? Anyone notice what took the place of the OH-58D? Michael A.
  6. I need a scan of the instructions for the Trakz 1/35 US M6 3" Gun Conversion, Kit No. TX 0051 Any help would be greatly appreciated Thanks in advance. Michael A. Campbell
  7. Operation MARHUK (Marine Hunter Killer), HMLA-369 operated from three different ships off the coast of North Vietnam from around June 72 to Jan 73. This included actual combat time, transit time, ship change over operations and down-time for maintenance activities.
  8. 1/72 A-26K (New Tool) 1/48 AH-1G 1/48 OH-6A 1/32 AH-1G 1/48 UH-1C/M Gunship (New Tool)
  9. Looking For: Scale Aircraft Modeling Magazine Vol. 40; 1 Mar 18 with IAF Kfir C2 & C7 article Prefer USA & APO return address thanks in advance Michael A.
  10. Michael A. Campbell 7505 Venture Court Raleigh, NC 27615-5572 ma5campbell@hotmail.com Thanks much, is there anything I can look for on your behalf? Michael A.
  11. Yes, still looking for as many as 8 pr. any help would be appreciated. Thanks for the response. Michael A.
  12. In the early 1980's the Air Force was attempting to give all A-10s to the Army, but only the airframes. No pilots, no maintainers or anything else, just take them and go away. Fortunately we still have this weapons system in the US inventory. Michael A.
  13. Armando, Yes, looking for 8 items. Not sure about an international exchange, Your thoughts are welcome. Michael
  14. In the late 1980s the PACAF Public Affairs Office released a photo of an Okinawa based F-15 that showed the bottom of the aircraft. One of the stabilizers actually had the wing-walk markings on the bottom which was interesting to see once you figured out what was actually going on. They are interchangeable as previously stated and not necessarily repainted immediately. Michael A.
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