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As a crew member on a M113 I was qualified on the MK19. And I am not an expert, with that said I don't ever remember anyone ever talking about the MK19 ever being used on helicopters. And just a little side note, it was one hell of a weapon and sure was a lot of fun to fire.

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As a crew member on a M113 I was qualified on the MK19. And I am not an expert, with that said I don't ever remember anyone ever talking about the MK19 ever being used on helicopters. And just a little side note, it was one hell of a weapon and sure was a lot of fun to fire.

 

I saw a few pictures. It's like an atomic 50 cal! For some weird reason I love the M113. It's basically a box but sure as hell beats a truck any day! When were you a crew member? Do you remember what model of M113 you crewed?

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Actually, YES! One of my former Battalion Commanders (now a Brigade Commander) mounted a MK-19 on a Huey and flew around Desert Storm with it as a 2LT.

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Actually, YES! One of my former Battalion Commanders (now a Brigade Commander) mounted a MK-19 on a Huey and flew around Desert Storm with it as a 2LT.

 

NICE! I had a feeling those two (a huey and a MK-19) would find each other! How do you think the pilot adjusted to it? Would the recoil be significant enough to affect flight?

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I never asked him those questions, but I do know his Battalion Commander at the time was less than pleased at the concept. I don't think the weight itself would affect the aircraft (although I am not a pilot and that is just a guess), since it weighs less than a person.

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NICE! I had a feeling those two (a huey and a MK-19) would find each other! How do you think the pilot adjusted to it? Would the recoil be significant enough to affect flight?

 

No effect at all. With that said, the Cobra's used to have a 40mm "chunker" co-axial to a mini-gun. It was later replaced with the three barrel 20mm machine gun. Now, mounting a Mk-19 in the side door of a Huey, it could easily be done, but I can guarantee you it wasn't common and probably didn't last to long. The aviation community gets a little excited (not in a good way ) when you change the weight and balance of their aircraft with an unauthorized modification.

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The UH-1b/C/M Hueys carried a 40mm M-5 Grenade Launcher in Vietnam... it was mounted in a ball shaped turret mount on the nose. The feed chute was fed back through the avionics compartment into the cockpit and into the cargo compartment where the ammo drum was mounted. These were used in conjunction with the quad M-60s and also with rocket pods.

 

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I saw a few pictures. It's like an atomic 50 cal! For some weird reason I love the M113. It's basically a box but sure as hell beats a truck any day! When were you a crew member? Do you remember what model of M113 you crewed?

I actually don't remember what model it was because it was only for about three months or so while I was in the Middle East. I was in a mechanized infantry unit and I was volunteered by my NCOIC of the S3 Shop to work with the Air Force. The tracks mission was to follow the mech infantry battalion commander around in his Bradley. The commander on the M113 was an Army artillery Captain and we also had a US Air Force fighter pilot on the M113. The track also had a huge radio in it and when the battalion commander called for air strikes on the field of battle my track was in contact with the USAF birds above. I have to be honest and say that I am really racking my brain trying to recall what that track was actually called?? Must be getting old but Halotrack comes to mind but I am not sure if I am confusing it with halo jumps. Anyways, the artillery officers name was Captain Towers. He was a West Point grad and the only reason I mentioned him was because he really took care of his soldiers and he was by far the very best officer I ever worked for while I was in the US Army. I figured I would go ahead and post of a couple of photos of the M113. They are not the best photos because I had to take photos of pictures that are in a scrapbook that my ex-wife made for my boys. The best thing about being assigned to the track was that I had to qualify on all the weapons systems to include the MK19 and also the 50 Cal that I am sitting with. I also noticed that someone spray painted M113 on the front. I guess in case I forgot what kind of track it happened to be.

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