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First Helicopter Ride

Flight to My Newly Assigned Unit in Phuoc Vinh

With my In-Country jungle training complete, it was time to move on to my new unit. I boarded a Chinook helicopter in Bien Hoa for a short flight to Phuoc Vinh, which was about 30 nautical miles north of Saigon and right at the edge of the foothills which rise into the Central Highlands.

The Chinook was the largest helicopter used in the war. Its primary roles include troop movement, artillery emplacement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo hooks. It was hard to believe that big aircraft could actually lift off the ground, not alone fly!

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