After Vietnam this was changed to every body opening up on low flying aircraft if you thought you had a chance of hitting it.
This change of tactic was said to be a result of Vietnam studies on aircraft losses.
Thanks Terry about your kind words about us here now, but I'm still thinking Vietnam war was a total different story for an helicopter pilot...totally worst!
As you said:
Low fly and fast speed are life for us against small arms fire!
The machinegun in my pictures is a MG42/59 that is the NATO standard, is indeed a copy of the German MG42 with a minor rate of fire. A perfect selfprotection gun...is incredible how Germans created a such good weapon!
Thank you for your stories...a real taste of history!
Vietnam does seem to be overlooked as war relics go, not good!!
Cool helmet though, respect goes out to you from the UK !!!
My dad did'nt do to any service on the 60's he prefered to "chill out" if you know what i mean, but my Grandad was in the RAF, Air reconnasance,also he was one of the guy's who photoed the horrors in Belson concentration camp in ww2, this had a big impact on my life!!!!!!!. I did a Bit in the R.C.T (Royal Corp Tranport).
Take it easy mate.
Its a S&W 38 special Victory Mod. Standard issue to pilots. I carried mine in what we called a "Cheap Charlie" holster bought off the local economy. I preferred this rig because when I got into the seat I could slide it around and position the pistol between my legs. Provided a false sense of security so to speak. I flew gun ships so never did any FAC duties, however worked with them a lot "Covey" was the callsign of most of the FAC's we worked with. And yes I did see a good bit of "Fast Mover" action, especially in Laos. Enjoy the book, Phillip did a great job publishing it.
Attached are pictures of my "Cheap Charlie" holster rig. It has a pouch for a sharpening stone on the front, I removed the stone and used it to carry a couple small emergency pistol flares and a few extra rounds of ammo.
I suspect that Vietnam will come into its own in a few years. I remember just a few years ago you couldn't give away WW2 US military uniforms and equipment, now look at the prices they command. Vietnam has been over for 35 years now, the WW2 stuff is drying up so now's the time to collect VN while its available and cheap. In the 1970's you could buy WW1 tunics for $10 a set all over the place, and WW1 patches for a couple bucks. Now a WW1 enlisted tunic with nothing on it goes for $100 plus.