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Australian Army OH-13 A1 Bell Sioux Helicopter of 161 Recce Flight with motor running on the 5 RAR Chopper Pad TIGER V in the battalion area at Ap An Phu 1 ATF in February 1967

BELL OH-13 A1 BELL SIOUX HELICOPTER

Australian Army OH-13 A1 Bell Sioux Helicopter of 161 Recce Flight with motor running on the 5 RAR Chopper Pad TIGER V in the battalion area at Ap An Phu 1 ATF in February 1967

161 Independent Reconnaissance Flight of the Australian Army arrived in Vietnam at Vung Tau 28 September 1965, and were deployed to Bien Hoa in support of 173rd Airborne Brigade of which 1 RAR was a member. With the establishment of 1 ATF they moved to the U.S. Army airfield at Vung Tau, and following the initial completion of Luscombe Field they officially moved to 1 ATF Nui Dat on 22 March 1967, with a strength of 6 X OH-13 Sioux helicopters and 3 X Cessna 180D FAC aircraft.

OH = Observation Helicopter
FAC = Forward Air Control

161 Recce Flight were located on the north eastern end of Luscombe Field, just to the south of B Company 5 RAR's lines. The Cessna aircraft were eventually replaced by the Porter aircraft and the Sioux helicopters were replaced by Kiowa helicopters.

 

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