Transport helicopter Bell UH-1 Iroquois Heavy transport helicopter Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe removes the remains of a downed attack helicopter Bell AH-1 Cobra. Transport helicopter Sikorsky H-34 takes out the wounded.
At 2 A.M. on February 17, 1974, Robert K. Preston, a United States Army private first class, stole a United States Army Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey"helicopter from Fort Meade, Maryland, flew it to Washington, D.C. and hovered for six minutes over the White House before descending on the south lawn, about 100 yards from the West Wing. There was no initial attempt from the Executive Protective Service to shoot the helicopter down, and he later took off and was chased by two Maryland State Police helicopters. Preston forced one of the police helicopters down through his maneuvering of the helicopter, and then returned to the White House. This time, as he hovered above the south grounds, the Executive Protective Service fired at him with shotguns and submachine guns. Preston was injured slightly, and landed his helicopter. After being taken into custody Preston indicated he was upset over not being allowed to continue training to be a helicopter pilot, and staged the incident to show his skill as a pilot. He spent 1 year in prison, was fined $2400, and received a general discharge.
UH-1 Iroquois helicopters extract members of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment from the Fihol Rubber Plantation after they conducted a search and destroy mission as part of Operation Wahiawa. May 1966
1, 2 & 3) Ilyushin IL-2M3 Shturmovik. The FHC’s IL-2 was restored using parts from four separate IL-2 wrecks found in the northwestern regions of Russia. IL-2 serial number 305401 makes up the bulk of this plane.
The plane was constructed in Kuybyshev mid-1943 and was assigned to the 828th Attack Aviation Regiment on the lower Karelian front. On October 10, 1944, the plane was hit by AA fire and crashed near Titovka River.
The plane was discovered in a nameless lake by searchers scouting he area by helicopter in 1991. When raised to the surface it was discovered the plane still had a full complement of rockets and bombs.
4) Training Turret of an M1 Abrams tank. This is actually a mock up of an Abrams turret and was created by a civilian using guesstimations of Abram turret dimensions. Said civilian was Jacques Littlefield, the owner of the MVTF where I worked for several years. US Army officials were quite surprised and alarmed to discover that the turret was extremely close in its dimensions to the real thing.
5) B-29 Superfortress Belly Turret. One of the more unenviable positions to be placed on a bomber, next to tail gunner. The ball turret was extremely cramped and was almost impossible to exit while in combat. Proper positioning of the gunner was with his head and back to the rear, his hips at the bottom and his legs held in mid-air by footrests. There was no room for a parachute.
6 & 7) B-17E Tail Gunner. The tail gunner’s main role was lookout for attacking fighters; defensive fire was of secondary importance.
8, 9 & 10) UH-1 “Huey” Iroquois Gunship. Appears to have the M16 Armament Subsystem, consisting of four M60C 7.62mm machine guns and two 7-tube XM157 70mm rocket launchers. In Vietnam the US military found increasing need for helicopters with firepower in order to suppress targets around LZs or in fire support roles jets were unsuitable for. Until the AH-1 Cobra could come into service, UH-1s were used as surrogate gunships.
Massive “Shotgun” Tested for Vietnam-Era Helicopter Service
The XM-215 “Multiple Barrel Gun” consisted of 300 .22 caliber rounds equipped to either fire simultaneously or in a 40 second barrage, clearing landing zones of enemy troops. Four units, making a total of 1,200 rounds, were to be installed on a UH-1D Huey, but the system never made it out of the early testing phase. Concerns about friendly fire, down-wash from helicopters rotors affecting bullet trajectories, and the fact that is was essentially a one-shot weapon led to cancellation in 1971.
Soldiers relax aboard a Bell UH-1 Iroquois - the Huey. Being aboard a helicopter was like being on a miniature vacation, as it provided a few moments of rest “out of the war.” Location, names, and date unknown
During Operation Frequent Wind (The evacuation of surviving American soldiers, civilians and whatever South Vietnamese soldiers and civilians could reach the ships), a VNAF pilot jumped from his UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” at a height of 40 feet, after dropping off evacuees on USS Midway.
This was the standard for VNAF (and stolen ICCS) Hueys, where they would drop off their evacuees on the aircraft carriers, ditch the helicopter and have an escort ship pick them up. Unfortunately, in the process of one of these ditchings, the huey turned and hit USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) before it hit the water. The tail rotor broke off and embedded itself into an Air America Bell 205, and moments later another VNAF UH-1H landed on the helipad and locked rotors with the Bell, wrecking both helicopters.