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Old Military Photos from Hunttalkers

Boomerusaf

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Have to keep this going guys.....

My father's flight helmet, recovered 30 years later, "over the fence" in Laos.

He was a FAC pilot, drove an OV-10 Bronco. Was shot down and MIA, recovered safe and mostly sound after a couple days of near capture.View attachment 150618
Glad he evaded and made it home.
 

tarheel

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My father loved the OV-10 Bronco. The maneuverability topped the ugly.

He said it only needed one prop and one wing to fly.

it amazes me how frequently his aircraft was shot to pieces and it was considered normal.

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A schoolmate flew OV-10's out of one of the bases in Thailand, had water in his fuel at takeoff, lost power shortly after gear up and had to deadstick it onto a narrow rural highway.
 
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coleslaw

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I was at Al Amara in 04. We lived on a British post for about 3 months. Hottest place on the planet. Saw a couple of days where the temp hit 150.
You ever read that book, Sniper One by Dan Mills? That was set in Al Amara about the same time frame. Kind of a forgotten place in the grand scheme of things.
We took over that AO right after the Brits left, and nobody had ever heard of it lol
 

robsev

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You ever read that book, Sniper One by Dan Mills? That was set in Al Amara about the same time frame. Kind of a forgotten place in the grand scheme of things.
We took over that AO right after the Brits left, and nobody had ever heard of it lol
Yes, I did read it. I was there when this all happened. I remember the day when the British soldier was killed when a heavy gate fell on his head. This was mentioned in the book. We lived in a tent right next to the snipers who were taking a break from the Pink Palace. we took rocket and mortar incoming almost daily for the two months we lived there. Luckily they weren’t very good aims.
 

coleslaw

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Yes, I did read it. I was there when this all happened. I remember the day when the British soldier was killed when a heavy gate fell on his head. This was mentioned in the book. We lived in a tent right next to the snipers who were taking a break from the Pink Palace. we took rocket and mortar incoming almost daily for the two months we lived there. Luckily they weren’t very good aims.
Lots of incoming for sure. That never changed.
 
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