History[edit | edit source]

Built as c/n B.226,[2] and purchased by the US Army in May 1967,[3] 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).[1] 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.[2] [N 2]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 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.
  2. The Chinook Helicopter website entry lists this example as destroyed.

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