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  • Admin - Saturday 29 December 2018 17:09
    I was with HMM-265 at this time as a crew-chief. I kept my aircraft in very good flying condition until one day a multitude of shop personnel came out and started to remove all unneccessary weight from my aircraft (included the ramp)! I was soon informed that my aircraft was going to be a SLICK. The 46 you see in the picture is a Slick, possibly from 265 and if it was, that was my aircraft. I think there was only one slick in the squadron, and that one was mine. I don't know if other squadron had any slicks but I did its crewing until 265 was scattered into all of the other squadrons in 1967. Being a slick took me out of many other missions but I took my share of bullets fired at the aircraft. The slick was created to lift out downed 34s and Hueys from out of the paddies or haul them back from up north, and move 105s around. I did go on assaults if the squadron was low on up and available aircraft. Many times the VC / NVA knew that we would be coming to get the downed aircraft and they would wait for us about a mile away and on, knowing which direction we would be going. Hueys were assigned to us for protection and we would have to throw out a smoke grenade when we received fire. One trip required at least 5 smoke grenades going out! I agree that keeping the ramp up would help in structural integrity because of all the hard landings perpetrated on the aircraft. I was an original crew-chief from Pax River in 1962, and in 265 until 1967. We tested the aft section problem with Boeing personnel at New River as some of the aft sections were starting to sag even at an early stage at New River in 1964--65.- but it was too little, too late for later crews. -Submitted by: Bunnie mccosar [bunniemccosar@windstream.net] 2008-01-15
  • Admin - Saturday 29 December 2018 17:09
    Belive this is a photo of YT-16 from HMM-164. We had two Slicks. This one and YT-10. Notice the white lettering and numbers that had not been painted over yet during the early months of '66. I remember when we had our first plane go down and we had to call on an Army Chinook to bring it back to Marble Mountain. I think that's when someone came up with the idea of a slick. Sgt. John Rodriguez Crew Chief Hmm-164 -Submitted by: John Rodriguez [Johnnyr2u@earthlink.net] 2008-02-09
  • Admin - Saturday 29 December 2018 17:09
    It looks to me like this is one of the planes that they removed the ramp for quicker access during insertions. This had become common practice during opperations in 1967, however it turned out that the ramp was designed as an integral part of the airframe, and because of the continuous vibration of the aircraft it weekened to the point that the plane broke in half at the aft pylon. Once they figured out why they were falling out of the sky they made it mandatory to keep the ramp on, and in the closed position. -Submitted by: Dennis Craycraft [racing_agent@yahoo.com] 2006-06-11