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  1. I am not very well educated about SSI so this one is beyond my bounds. I have tried looking at the available on line information and can't match it to anything. There is a red thread crossing through the eye of the eagle on this patch. Is there any significance or is it just some error? IH
  2. I'm pretty confident that the aircraft represents an H-34. Units in Germany in the late 50's and 60' had tail boom stripes. A green stripe on an H-34 might be something that can be tracked down. The basic patch is also likely to be a depiction of a DI which is above company level like a Battalion or Group. There was a 90th Transportation Det (CHFM) attached to the 36th Transportation Company in Hanau Germany in @ 1957. I just found some photos of the 36th Trans Co in Germany http://www.usarmygermany.com/sont.htm that shows the green stripe on their H-34s. They were under the 54th Trans Battalion. More complete info here http://www.usarmygermany.com/sont.htm The info points to Company and Detachment together in Germany. I think your patch is a previously unknown. IH
  3. The 90th flew in Germany with CH-37s, no CH-34s. Prior to 1961 at Fort Knox they had CH-37s. They were disbanded in 1969 when the first CH-54's of the 295th Avn Co arrived in Germany. It could be the patch was made in Germany and represents a preliminary design. The background design could be something from a unit DI, perhaps a commanding battalion. The green stripe on the tail means something, but I have not seen it before. IH
  4. That design belongs as a companion piece to a bevo type weave patch for the 135th Aviation Company when it was a fixed wing unit flying the Caribou. The two pieces are illustrated in Ralph Young's second book about US Army in Vietnam 1963-1966 on page 144. The scan is of pieces from my collection. IH
  5. It's a good Vietnamese made patch from the period. Later designated 164th Aviation Group. IH
  6. I used to own the cockpit section of 67-18907. I bought from a scrapper and spent a year or so restoring it. I used it as an attraction related to my business. There is a business in Florida Called Mohawk Technologies LLC in Lantana. The owner's Name is Paul Pefly. He helped provide a number of parts for my restoration. His access and expertise could be helpful to you. IH
  7. A lot of folks , even me, don't think too much about actual qualifications. I was never a Cobra person, I was a huey dude. Interesting to know that front seater was a fully qualified pilot. Learn something every day. IH
  8. I don't know about the gunner getting the patch either, at least from the school. They must have received some flight training so that if the was pilot unable to fly an aircraft for any number of reasons the front seater could get it down. Don't know if that partial training was considered qualification. Any goes with having local sources to exploit. IH
  9. Never saw those before. The cousin for the company looks nearly the same and is also very rare to see. IH
  10. The one on the left is an original Cobra qualification patch given out when a pilot finished the course. They were widespread and often worn, sometimes personalized, during the Vietnam war. They continued to be used after the war but changed a bit when the AH-1S was fielded. The one on the right is, in my opinion, an aftermarket produced copy. It may have been used by anyone for any purpose. IH
  11. In the last year or two other patches of Vietnam era units made the same way seem to be coming from California. That may not be where they are made, but the seller's location is California. IH
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