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HMM-164 being externaled by CH-53, USS Tripoli 7/67

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  • Admin - Saturday 29 December 2018 17:09
    Actually this is the Vally Forge {LPH 8}and the plane on the sling is YT-6 circa March 1968. She was deposited on the foredeck and was there just in front of the island when the Crash occured a in June. Incident Date 680602 HMM-265 CH-46A 152545+ Crash aboard the USS VALLEY FORGE (LPH-8) Her last combat mission was on January 19, 1968 and after losing her blade tips and after I replaced the forward rotor blades, the APP took a dump. Then after replacing her APP the rear tranny went KAPUT. For years I thought she had been sent to PAR or flat out canabalized but until I developed my slides and turned them into digital photos and saw her being towed out of harms way immediately after the bird that was chocked down and tried to lift off. -Submitted by: Chuck Nowotny [cnowotny@msn.com] 2010-06-02
  • Admin - Saturday 29 December 2018 17:09
    In July of 1967 HMM164 was on the Tripoli but this is not the Tripoli. It is either earlier and the Princeton or another ship. The Tripoli had a white deck in July of 1967. HMM265 came aboard the Tripoli in July and HMM164 off loaded to Phu Bai. I was the Boeing rep at this time. -Submitted by: Norman L. Clark [seniorseaknight@earthlink.net] 2010-02-08
  • Admin - Saturday 29 December 2018 17:09
    Wonder where that helicopter came from that day. I hooked up a CH 46 to a 53 on July 25, 1967 up on the DMZ after we removed the 46 blades and defueled the a/c and attached the sling. a Memorable day! -Submitted by: Mac McGin [4mcginns@msn.com] 2006-09-04

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