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NAVY Huey Gunship by WildBillPho

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This is a restored Viet Nam era UH-1B, flown by the Navy’s only attack helicopter squadron HAL-3 landing on the aircraft carrier USS Midway CVA 41 in San Diego yesterday. It was part of a Seawolf (HAL-3) micro-reunion for squadron veterans.
I was a door gunner on these aircraft back in ’69-70.
The Midway, a Naval Air museum has one UH-1B on deck already, so the landing of this bird was the first ever Fire Team formation in the United States!
The Huey was affectionately restored by volunteers of the Wings and Rotors museum at French Valley airport in Murrieta, CA.

Nikon D40, Nikkor 55-200 @200, Auto, Aperture priority
(foreground fence edited out)

Featrued: 60’s Glory, July 4, 2010


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  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 4 years ago

    Excellent Image Bill. – Ted
    Good one for the Warbirds Group.

  • Thanks very much Ted! It’s in Warbirds…

    – WildBillPho

  • barkeypf
    barkeypfover 4 years ago

    Good one Bill. Thanks for serving in Viet Nam, had to be a scary job.

  • Thanks very much Paul! I guess we all do crazy things when we’re 19…when I enlisted, I was in the band!

    – WildBillPho

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Bill.

  • Thanks Steven, it was a real honor to be at these ceremonies!

    – WildBillPho

  • LarryH
    LarryHover 4 years ago

    Great shot Bill glad to see your still with us door gunner was not the best place to play.

  • Thank you very much Larry. I was very lucky!

    – WildBillPho

  • EvaMarie Cannon
    EvaMarie Cannonover 4 years ago

    Great Capture! Excellant!

  • Thank you very much EvaMarie! Much appreciated!

    – WildBillPho

  • John Harding
    John Hardingover 4 years ago

    wow this is awesome Bill, I plan on doing some vietnam war drawings soon so this is very insperational, good on ya mate

  • Thanks John! I be watching for your drawings!

    – WildBillPho

  • mando13
    mando13almost 4 years ago

    60’s GLORY ADD ?

  • Thanks Mando!

    – WildBillPho

  • John Harding
    John Hardingover 3 years ago

    Hey bill I’d really love to draw this shot & maybe add a few ground troops, is there any chance you could send me a larger shot as I’d like to get all the detail I can in the drawing?
    thanks mate

  • Hi John, sure, bubble mail with your email and I’ll send you several large images.

    – WildBillPho

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanalmost 3 years ago

    so you were one of those guys that hung out the door??? oh my… i’m so glad that you made it thru that time spent in Vietnam… did john ever draw this picture? would love to see it!!! you really got some amazing shots, my friend… what a treat to see history being made… hugs!!! Thanks again for serving our country… can’t say it enough!!

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