The War Of The Vietnam War

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In the month of December of 1967, near Tam Quan in Vietnam, troops on a foot patrol from D-1-12 were on their way back to camp. While crossing a vulnerable spot in a rice paddy, the wood-line suddenly opened up with intense small arms fire in an all-out ambush on their position. Low on ammo, and with almost no cover, they radioed for assistance. The small infantry platoon hunkered as low to the ground as possible in what appeared to be the final moments of their lives, when suddenly the wood-line erupted into a cacophony of explosions, and out of nowhere a Chinook appeared. "At first, I thought it was our Admin/Log Bird who 'd tragically picked the wrong time to do re-supply, but that worry vanished when I realized it was coming to a…show more content…
With the Army due to field the Boeing Vertol CH-47A Chinook heavy cargo helicopter to Vietnam in 1965, Boeing submitted a proposal for an experimental Chinook that would be modified into a heavy gunship. Many airframes were looked at to fill this heavy gunship role including the Sikorsky S-61 Sea King and Kaman UH-2A Sea Sprite, but in June 1965 the Army approved the ACH-47 and authorized the production of four prototype builds. By July 1965 the first Chinook was diverted from the production line to become the first prototype ACH-47A, with the first flight just a few months later on 10 November 1965. (Mohr, 1976) Originally designed as a cargo/transport helicopter, the heavy lift capability and internal capacity of the Chinook offered an incredible platform for which to add armament systems, weapons loads, and armor plating. The final weapons build on each of the ACH-47s were a XM5 40mm belt fed grenade launcher with 500 rounds located on a turret on the nose, a two and a half foot stub wing on each side of the forward fuselage each mounted with a M24A1 20mm cannon with 800 rounds each. Additionally, the stub wings contained mounting points for either a 19-round
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