2000 Calendar

The VHPA 2000 Calendar is the seventh calendar produced by the VHPA using Vietnam Era helicopter-related photos. The goal of the VHPA Calendar is to refresh the memories of all those who flew and worked on helicopters in Vietnam, and to record, preserve and display the events and activities that were important to those who served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The VHPA 2000 Calendar commemorates the 2,205 helicopter pilots who died or were declared MIA (missing in action) in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Era (1961 through 1975). [Note: refer to WWW.VHPA.ORG for the current KIA/MIA information.]

The owner or source for each photo is included in the narrative description. To the best of its ability, the VHPA obtained the owner’s permission for each photo. The VHPA fraternal thanks to Dan Calvert of the Seawolf Association for his help in getting the pilots of the only USN gunships in RVN to help out with their unique photos. The fine slides submitted by three tour Army pilot Don Joyce really made this an easy calendar to build. And last, but not least, special thanks and gratitude to the wife and son of the late Ron Timberlake for his contributions to this calendar. He’ll be missed.



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Owner Norman E. Schrader
SEAWOLF 306

U.S. Navy UH-1B, Seawolf306, HAL-3 coming aboard USS Hungtingdon County, November 1968. Photo by Norman E. Schrader, Seawolf 67.

Owner Ron Timberlake
Sabre 10

U.S. Army OH-6A, Sabre 10 of a Cav hunter-killer team. Note the smoke grenade box in the back with the gunner/observer and the ship’s nickname, MAX WELL, on the pylon below the main rotor. October 1971.

Owner Norman E. Schrader
Almost Touchdown

U.S. Navy UH-1B Seawolf gunship on short short final over the deck of USS Hungtingdon County, June 1968. Note the crewmember looking after to clear the tail as the pilot sets her down on the deck. Note also the machine gun on the deck has been covered to keep it clean from the dirt and dust blown up by the helo. A gunner is sitting just behind the gun on the left in the photo.

Owner Ron Timberlake
Skiing on the Clouds

UH-1H Cav slicks haul the Blues, late 1971

Owner Don Joyce
Now Where To?

U.S. Army CH-21C, s/n 562050 slings another CH-21 aft fuselage section at Vung tau, January 1963. Note the tail wind as indicated by the windsock at lower left in the photo.

Owner Don Joyce
Wooley

U.S. Army CH-54A, s/n 414204, Flying Crane from 1st Cav Div at An Khe, October 1965. Note the “people pod” that the Crane carried beneath the fuselage.

Owner Ron Timberlake
I Eat This Up!

A U.S. Army OH-6A Cayuse scout ship from F/9th Cav hovers at FSB Mace, October 1971. Note the smiles on both the pilot and on the gunner/observer.

Owner Don Joyce
Hooking Up

U.S. Army CH-47A, s/n 65976, 179th ASHC Shrimpboats, at Oasis forward airstrip, west of Pleiku, hovers in close to pick up a load of ammo from the best of a “deuce and a half” (2 ½ ton truck). March 1967.

Owner Don Joyce
King Bee 460

VNAF H-34 “King Bee,” s/n 136460, preparing for a SOG-type mission west of Dak To, July 1967.

Owner Don Joyce
AH-23

U.S. Army OH-23 in a sandbag revetment at Dak To. Note the antennae on the tail boom and the M-60 machine guns just above the skid cross tubes. October 1967.

Owner Don Joyce
Nose Bleed

U.S. Army UH-1, s/n 17130 cruising high in cool air above small arms fire, May 1967. Note stallion on left pilot door.

Owner Don Joyce
SOG

A team of USAF UH-1Es from the 20th SOS refuel at Dak To prior to a SOG mission. Photo dated August 1967.

Owner Norman E. Schrader
GOOD TO GO

U.S. Navy UH-1B, Seawolf 305, HAL-3 ready for take off from USS Hungtingdon County in the Delta region of RVN, November 1968.

Owner Don Joyce
Loaded for Bear

A U.S. Army UH-1C at Playboy airstrip, SW of Pleiku, January 1967.