History[edit | edit source]
Built as c/n B.226, and purchased by the US Army in May 1967, this helicopter was accepted on 23 August 1966. The administrative strike date was 23 March 1975, at which point 66-00094 accumulated 2,640.0 aircraft hours.
Assigned to A Company - "Pachyderms", 159th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion (ASHB), attached to the 101st Airborne Division in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN), in July 1968, 66-00094 was the first aircraft to land at Phu Bai when that unit moved into it's new home there. A Company was the former 200th ASHC. Transferred to B Company - "Longhorns", 228th ASHB located at Bear Cat. After the 228th ASHB stood down, 66-00094 was assigned to the 362nd Aviation Company - the last U.S. Chinook unit in the RVN.
At some point, 66-00094 was transferred to the 247th Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF). Shot down on 23 March 1975 and captured by NVA, it is believed to be the example currently on display at the China Aviation Museum. [N 2]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- The serials 66-190004 and 66-190094, which are listed in relation to this aircraft, actually relate to Chinooks c/n B.262 and c/n B.352 respectively.
- The Chinook Helicopter website entry lists this example as destroyed.