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Armor in Vietnam, A Pictorial History by Jim Mesko

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Suddenly, the blackness erupted as I could see muzzle flashes from positions a half-mile or so west of rhe scene. Immediately thereafter, lead flrst-of-a-kind missions. This would not be an exceprion. the helo pilot reported, "We've been hit. My co-pilot's wounded". 'As I was rolling in on the flashes, I radioed, "Abort' Abort' 'Barn Owls' get Out roo", as I didn'r wanr to take out one of my own birds. CTF-77's staff, and was down rhere to be around the "Spad" drivers and 'After flipping on the master arming switch (the four 20 mm cannons see how things were going.

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The latter allowed the aircraft to release the bombs at lower speeds and altitudes without endangering the aircraft. BuNo 127517 was ultimately supplied North Vietnamese troops c10si ng in on Wood's position, the commandos to the VNAF I National Museum of Naval Aviation via Wayne were retrieved by two Sea Kings, but one SH-3 was hit by ground fire, Mutza collection) wounding two crewmen and two commandos. 70 avy Skyraiders ro RESCAP, coastal reconnaissance, diverT recoveries in Laos and conrrolled reconnaissance mission.

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