Viey Nam Loach For Sale
Posted 31 May 2011 - 03:17 PM
Hughes OH-6A “Cayuse” Scout Helicopter
The LOH or “Loach” won an Army competition in 1965 for a new turbine powered light observation scout helicopter. In October, 1967, the 7/17th Cavalry was the first unit to introduce the LOH into the Vietnam combat environment where it quickly proved its capabilities and survivability. But late 1968, the LOH was the primary scout/observation helicopter used throughout Vietnam. Often teamed with a AH-1G Cobra attack helicopter, called a Pink Team, these Hunter/Killer teams were very effective in fulfilling their mission. The LOH was phased out of the Army/National Guard service in the early 1990s with many aircraft being turned over to Law Enforcement Agencies where the aircraft continues its service today.
This aircraft, Serial No. 66-17795, was accepted by the U.S. Army in September, 1968 from the manufacturer, the Hughes Tool Company. The aircraft was sent directly to the Republic of Vietnam where it served with the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) from the U.S. Army until 1974 when it was transferred to the Army National Guard where it served with the Virginia and Tennessee Army Guard until released from military service in 1992. From 1992 until 1997 the aircraft served with the Homestead, Florida Police Department. The aircraft performed extensively from 1998 to 2010 on the U.S. air show circuit with the Sky Soldiers demonstration Team of the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation (AAHF) where it was flown by Army Aviation veterans who demonstrated to the public the outstanding fling characteristics of the aircraft and the role the aircraft has played in the proud and dynamic history of Army Aviation
Posted 31 May 2011 - 03:21 PM
Accepted by the Army in 1968, this AH-1G Cobra was sent directly to Vietnam and assigned in April 1969 to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Mobile) where it served in B Troop, 2/17th Air Cavalry Squadron until December 1971. The aircraft spent its entire time in Vietnam (4/69-12/71) with B Troop where it accumulated 1680 combat flying hours. In January 1972 Cobra # 67-15737 was returned to the United States and continued serving with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Mobile) at Fort Campbell, KY until December 1975. The aircraft was transferred to the Texas Army National Guard where it served until its retirement from military service.
The aircraft has been fully restored as Cobra # 67-15737 appeared in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970 when it was crewed by Aircraft Commander 1LT Jay White and Crew Chief SGT Steve Liubakki. The AAHF appreciates the assistance received from Jay and Steve in ensuring the authenticity of this unique and rare aircraft.
An extensive and lengthy rebuild and restoration/upgrade of the aircraft was undertaken. As part of the restoration process, the aircraft’s power plant was upgraded to the more powerful T53-L-703 engine (1800 shp) that provides an additional 400 shp than the original Vietnam era engine, and mated with an upgraded B-212 power train system. The aircraft’s rotor system was upgraded to the Kaman ballistic main rotor blades providing a 10,000 hour useful life. The aircraft is a very fast Cobra!
The aircraft has appeared in multiple television events and motion pictures including with actor Clint Eastwood. The aircraft has performed extensively since 2003 on the U.S. air show circuit with the Sky Soldiers Demonstration Team of the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation (AAHF).
This is the last known FLYING AH-1G Cobra attack helicopter with combat service in Vietnam.
Posted 31 May 2011 - 04:57 PM
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 05:34 PM
So how do you suggest that we get the wives on board?
I just asked the wife if I could have the $359,000 for the Loach, she told me that after the divorce, I can use my money for whatever I want. Don't think I will be getting a Loach I'm guessing the Cobra is out as well.
Posted 31 May 2011 - 05:48 PM
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