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Posted: 2/7/2006 5:45:25 AM EDT
I saw a show this weekend on the Son Tay raid to rescue POW's in Vietnam. It was really a pretty good show. One thing stood out as just jaw-dropping.

When they were planning the raid, they realized that Huey's were not fast enough. Their solution was to fly directly behind the wing of a C-130, and I mean directly! They would get the choppers so close that the main rotor blades were over the wings of the plane, and they would draft off of the 130, like a race car. What kind of balls does that take? I mean, jeez! They could fly longer and faster like that.
They wound up scrapping the hueys because they were too cramped. Still, I thought that was pretty damn cool.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:48:03 AM EDT
Didn't they end up using CH-53's? Better suited for their purpose, even the "A" models.
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