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#1 SPARATORE

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 04:39 PM

When there is no longer any room on the flight deck, and there is a sky full of aircraft, room has to be made.

 

During the 1975 Vietnam Evacuation a portion of the evacuees arrived on the flight deck of the USS Denver aboard Helicopters, some small, some very large. At this particular time...there were four UH-1 Choppers on the flight deck that had just recently landed, four more forward of the landing pads that can be seen in the foreground... and a dozen in the air awaiting landing instructions. I was in the Air Control Tower photographing operations when the Air Boss called the Bridge and told the Old-Man- "Captain, there is no more room no the flight deck, shall I wave them off", No... shove those birds off the fantail, make room for more landings. So air-ops continued to land choppers all afternoon and into the night, in two days the Denver shoved 17 UH-1 Coppers into the drink. 

 

If you look closely at the Port Door of the Chopper, you can see a GE M134 7.62 Mini-Gun on it's mount, the modules for communications and crypto were removed from the Choppers, everything else... went to the bottom of the South China Sea.

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 07:00 PM

Wow good shot, but also a tremendous waste of assets that could be used again.


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Posted 01 December 2018 - 07:35 PM

Excellent photo and thanks for providing the background story.

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 03:16 AM

I remember seeing this on TV many years ago.


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Posted 02 December 2018 - 11:52 AM

I remember this too, vividly.  And, I think they show this on the Burns Vietnam documentary.  

Great captures and story to go with it.

Thanks for sharing.


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Posted 02 December 2018 - 01:59 PM

Many thanks for the post, Don. 

 

While I remember watching this on unfold on TV, it is always good to get the perspective from someone who was "there".  :)


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 07:14 AM

Wow!  Thanks for sharing your Vietnam era images with us.

 

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 07:44 PM

A friend of mine was among the last US personnel to leave.  He was a young AF LT. at the time.  The Hueys created an artificial reef.


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 07:56 PM

To the visitors of this post... thanks for stopping by and your remarks. 

 

Regards,

 

 

Don


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