Discussion in 'Vietnam Memories Photo Album' started by Thomas_1, Mar 14, 2009.
I had these pics for a couple of years. The helicopters are easy the plane a little harder.
although the last two helicopters(don`t know what they`re called) look like Korean war era, i would guess Vietnam because the first helicopter looks like a huey, which i think came after Korea. no idea what the plane is.
The plane is a Vietnam era OV-1 "Mohawk" one of the only fixed wing aircraft the Army was allowed to have by the Air Force. It had ejection seats and was called "The Widow Maker" because it seemed prone to having single engine failures on take-off flipping over on it's back in time for the pilot to eject himself right into the ground. Bad, very bad! The pod beneath is a side looking infrared radar pod. Its mission was "Observation and Surveillance". It was not a very successful aircraft for the Army.
The other helicopter pictures are a UH-1 Huey, OH-6 Cayus and AH-1 Cobra. All used in large numbers during the Vietnam war and for many years after.
Development of the OV-1 Mohawk platform stemmed from a joint requirement fielded by both the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps for a "battlefield surveillance aircraft" displaying rugged and versatile qualities on an ever-changing front. Grumman's the twin engine G-134 model proved heartily enough with both branches of service proceeding on the elected design. Though the United States Marine Corps would eventually pull out of the program, the US Army continued on and would field the system to good effect from the Vietnam War all the way through to Operation Desert Storm. The strengths of the system lay in its STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) performance and ability to carry an array of sophisticated sensors and camera equipment.
The Mohawk fielded two Lycoming turboprop engines, each developing 1,005 horsepower and mounted on a midset-wing monoplane assembly. A highly-identifiable feature of the series was the three-fin tail structure. A crew of two sat side-by-side in an armored cockpit complete with bullet-proof glass. The cockpit offered up outstanding visibility forward, side, up and even downwards to some extent thanks in part to the bulging side windows. Armament was not standard in traditional models though the system was prepared to mount rocket and gun pods as needed on the two underwing hardpoints (one per wing).
The G-134 evolved into nine evaluation models known as the YAO-1 and, later, the YOV-1 series. Initial production models were ordered for the US Army as the OV-1A and centered around day and night visual reconnaissance centering on conventional camera systems. The OV-1B followed soon after, offering up a different suite of radar in the SLAR (Side-Looking Airborne Radar) which were mounted in an notieceable large under-fuselage pod, though this platform was fielded without the optical cameras of the preceding model. The similar OV-1C was next up, fitted with an AAS-24 infrared surveillance system while the definitive OV-1 proved to be the OV-1D featuring improved engine specifications, a side-loading bay door for minimal cargo and additional sensors found in other previous individual models. Previous "B" and "C" models were later brought up to this ultimate standard. Deliveries of some 375 Mohawks continued from 1961 through 1970.
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