I've been reading about USAF FAC Pilots and SOG Ops during the VN war.
The FAC pilots flying the O-1 Bird Dog, O-2 Skymaster, OV-10 and even in F-100s played a major role in the airwar and in special ops missions.
A lot of those guys are still MIA.
Years ago I remember seeing a pic posted somewhere on the internet of an
O-2 Skymaster that had an M-60 mounted in the cabin so it would fire out the
left cabin window. Kinda like a mini "Spooky" gunship.
The pilot just wanted a way to shoot back but his
CO made him take it out.
It could have been an O-1 in the picture but I'm pretty sure it was an O-2.
I thought it would be interesting to see that photo again but I can't find it
on the net so far. I've tried various searches on Google images but no luck.
I'd like to own an O-2 some day. I've always liked the Skymaster design.
When I was a kid, O-2s from Bergstrom AFB in Austin, TX used to fly over a
popular Austin swimming pool (Barton Springs) and I'm sure they were checking out
the topless college girls that used to sunbath up on the grassy hill. I miss the 70s...
Thanks for reading,
Bump for my fellow night shifters....
Being on call at night sucks especially if we don't fly.
I don't sleep well in the bunk room so might as well fly if I'm going to be up all night anyway...
It's in the book " Gunships : a pictorial history of Spooky " By Larry Davis ( ISBN 0-89747-123-7 ). The book is available from Squadron/Signal publications and is a pretty good book though only soft cover..
I knew one of you guys would come through for me.
Will order the book.