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Patch Identification ID: Lockheed YO-3A 765th Trans Bn


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#1 usaf70

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 01:08 PM

Is this patch Vietnamese Air Force and what type aircraft?

Cannot make out all letters on left side of photo.

 

 

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 02:14 PM

No, it is US Army.  It was for a super quiet battlefield observation aircraft.  I would have to look it up.  But it was from the Vietnam conflict.



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Posted 14 September 2018 - 02:42 PM

YO-3A. One of MANY programs my dad honchoed, while commanding CDC-AVN, during late VN war.

 

https://en.wikipedia...i/Lockheed_YO-3



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Posted 14 September 2018 - 03:20 PM

No, it is US Army.  It was for a super quiet battlefield observation aircraft.  I would have to look it up.  But it was from the Vietnam conflict.

 

Thanks for the link CaptCav,

 

It was my turn to learn something new regarding RVN Army Aviation

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 03:44 PM

765th Trans Bn 2003 Trading Post

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Posted 15 September 2018 - 07:46 AM

765th Trans Bn 2003 Trading Post

 

 

100% correct



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Posted 15 September 2018 - 11:07 AM

EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know about the YO-3A, to include SSI:

 

http://www.yo-3a.com/yo3aart.html



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Posted 16 September 2018 - 05:35 PM

Thanks everyone for the education.

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Posted 28 September 2018 - 04:54 AM

No, it is US Army.  It was for a super quiet battlefield observation aircraft.  I would have to look it up.  But it was from the Vietnam conflict.

This is the first time I have considered that this one could relate to the YO-3 project. I believe you are right, the airplane has the shadow of what looks like a YO-3. I always thought that it was poor rendition of some fixed wing aircraft. While this has long been ID as 765th Trans Battalion most Trans Battalions were admin level. This one seems to indicate unit level maintenance. The motto leans to that activity. Whether or not the 765th could have been or was the overall parent unit to the YO-3 program is worth looking for.

Something that could be telling are the stars on the patch. Three on one side, four on the other.  May mean 34. The 765th Trans Bn was under the 34th Support Group.

 

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Edited by itshistory, 28 September 2018 - 05:03 AM.


#10 CaptCav

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Posted 28 September 2018 - 10:50 AM

Chris - I TOTALLY concur with your hypothesis - if this is a TC patch, it probably had to do with maint issues. If you read the history/CO's portion (in the YO-3 website), it clearly points out that the YO-3 project did NOT report to an in-country chain of command.

 

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Edited by CaptCav, 28 September 2018 - 10:51 AM.



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