Australian Army Cessna 180D
FAC aircraft on Luscombe Field inside
1 ATF in March 1967.
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
however is photographed at the western end of Luscombe Field next to
Provincial Route 2. That day there were a number of Australian Army,
U.S.A.F. and U.S. Army FAC type aircraft.
The Cessna aircraft were eventually replaced by the Porter aircraft
and the Sioux helicopters were replaced by Kiowa helicopters.
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