The top picture shows the maintenance hangar in May of 1967. The
aircraft in the foreground is 64-XXX580, "The Yellow Rose of Texas"
About this time, our '64 model aircraft got modifications to remove
the FM homing antennas from the mounts on the front of the nose and
relocate them to a conceiled position where they would no longer be
broken off by troops in the LZ or by flying through tree tops. At the
same time, the high pressure hydrolic reservoir, located in the
transmission well was replaced with a low pressure reservoir on top of
the fuselage under the fairing in front of the mast. No more watching
the "donkey dick" through the Quarter size window in the transmission
well and refilling it, it only held a pint or so, twice a day in the
field. I used to pour hydraulic fluid from opened cans into a Jack
Daniel's whiskey bottle. On several occasions, Viet Namese who saw me
pouring from the whiskey bottle into the helicopter asked me for some to
drink! With my 30 word vocabulary, I usually made them understand that
this stuff would be bad, ba moui lam, to drink. On one occasion, I was
unsuccessful, and the gentleman left sipping happily on a C ration can
full of 5056!
The helicopters also received a mod to the intercom at this time. This
principally gave the crew chief and door gunner seperate control boxes,
which I am sure that my gunners appreciated, as I liked to listen to all
four radios at once, to keep up with what was going on.
The lower photo was taken on
an LST in the Bassac river, near Bac Lieu. Note that the tiger on the door
is not complete, lacking the blue lightning bolt, and the red tongue. Some
aircraft flew for months before this mascot was completely painted on.
The lower photo was taken on an LST in the Bassac river, near Bac Lieu. Note that the tiger on the door is not complete, lacking the blue lightning bolt, and the red tongue. Some aircraft flew for months before this mascot was completely painted on.