1st Aviation Company

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60-5432 (cn # 22) at the De Havilland facility in Downsview, ONT, Canada in June 1961. This aircraft was deliveried to 1st Aviation Company, Fort Benning, GA in July, 1961. (Norman Eastaff collection via Janic Geelen)

Fort Benning 

<<< Caribou 61-2384 (cn # 39) and Otter 53265 at Fort Benning, GA, unknown date  (AOCA Historian Archives)

>>> 60-3764 (c/n # 15) at Davidson AAF, Fort Belvoir, VA in 1962. (Kim Flora)

<<< 61-2592 (c/n # 70) at Fort Rucker AAF in 1962. (Kim Flora)

>>> 1st Aviation Company Caribous in flight, date and location unknown. L to R 61-2385,61-2386,60-5438


Korat, Thailand

<<< 61-2391(c/n # 49) of the 1st Aviation Co. being refueled at Korat, Thailand in 1962.  (US Army photo from the collection of Ralph Young)

>>>1st Aviation Company's 61-2387 (c/n # 47) and 61-2391 (c/n # 49) in  Korat, Thailand 1962.  (US Army photo from the collection of Ralph Young)


Vung Tau, Vietnam

These four photos show 61-2388 (c/n # 45), being prepared for recovery by the 19th Transportation Company's H-37 # 55-636. In the second photo CWO Carl Flippin of the 611th Transportation Company stands by the R-2000 engine. (Col. Sam Conley Jr. photos from the collection of Ralph Young)

<<< Working on the R-2000 is Richard "Kim" Flora a crewchief with the 1st Avn. Co in Viet Nam in 1963 (Richard Flora)

>>> Bladders being tested before they were installed in the aircraft we were to return to the states with in 1963. (Roger C. Reetz)

<<< Flight line in Vung Tau in 1963. Roger C. Reetz, Mechanic 1St Aviation Company, Vung Tau

>>> Taken out cargo bay door on take off from Saigon. (Roger C. Reetz)

<<< One of the nose hangers used for some of the more major maintenance at Vung Tau. (Roger C. Reetz)

>>> Second nose hanger picture. (Roger C. Reetz)

<<< This shot is of the instrument panel after one of our ships had been retrofit with the new weather radar.  (Roger C. Reetz)

>>> Salvaged R2000 engine being cannibalized for parts at Vung Tau.  (Roger C. Reetz)

<<< Shot taken under wing of flight line at Vung Tau.  Notice the PSP ramp.  (Roger C. Reetz)

>>> Caribou 61-2387 (cn 47) of the 1st Aviation Company at Vung Tau. Otter 58-1713 in the background. (Col. Sam Conley Jr. photo from the collection of Ralph Young)

61-2385 (cn 41) Ed Wesley was the crew chief of this aircraft from July, 1962 to June, 1963. It was assigned to the 1st Aviation Company. In October, 1962 the landing gear collapsed while landing at Hue, RVN (close to the North Vietnam border).  The aircraft had approx. 2500 lbs of cargo aboard and there was no injuries. The aircraft was repaired and put back in service. (Ed Wesley)


Fort Benning

<<< Fly-by over the flight line at Fort Benning in 1965, when the units were getting ready to go back to Viet Nam. (Roger C. Reetz)

>>> Another shot of fly-by and flight line at Fort Benning. (Roger C. Reetz)

<<< Another shot of fly-by and flight line at Fort Benning. (Roger C. Reetz)  


Operation "RED LEAF"
<<< Three Caribous ( 60-3767 - 61-2594 and unknown) at Fort Rucker, AL in 11/66 just before being handed over to the USAF  (Chuck Ross)

>>> The Army Caribou Transition Team prior to the USAF arrival.  (Jim Davis)

<<< Jim Davis and his first USAF IP student before his "dollar" ride. Cpt. Craven was previously flying C-130's.  (Jim Davis)  

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