Dave Powell's Hill 881S Collection - Page 20
The Supergaggle - Continued
An A-4 Skyhawk delivering smoke
as the final procedure prior to sending the helicopters into their respective
zones on the hill.
Four birds, two clawing for altitude
to be out of range of NVA antiaircraft fire. Lower left has 'pickled'
his load, nosed over to gain airspeed and transitional lift. The
other beginning the transition to approach and hover with a load of bunker
This "Purple Fox" pilot, with a
load of C-rations, is being guided to his drop zone by a
member of the Helicopter Support Team (HST). All others on the
hill are hunkered down anticipating the incoming. The HST Marines
stood there with their backs to the NVA gus, antiaircraft rounds whipping
by them, mortar rounds 'on the way' - what a superb gesture of disdain!
Two more "Purple Foxes" have delivered
their external loads and departing. The interval between aircraft
was very small, ten to fifteen seconds was desired. Enough time to
maneuver yet keep the delivery time to minimum.
And still they come, the lifeline
to Hill 881S.
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