Vietnam’s Operation Niagara

The first week in January in 1968, Operation Niagara was launched by General Westmoreland in an effort to gather intelligence on PAVN activities in and around the Khe Sanh Valley.  By the third week in January, this part of the operation (Niagara I) had been...

Vietnam’s Battle of Khe Sanh

During the Vietnam War, the 1st Battalion 9th Marines engaged in a number of battles, including Khe Sanh, which by all means they should have lost. The 9th Marines earned a number of honors as a result of their long heavy engagements in Vietnam.  They are said to have...

Hughes OH-6 Cayuse Helicopter

This light observation helicopter, the Hughes OH-6 Cayuse, is often used as on escort and attack missions, as a personnel transport helicopter and also as an observation aircraft.  First introduced in 1965 after its initial flight in February of 1963, the OH-6 is...

Top Ten Military Helicopters

Compiling a list of top ten military helicopters is subjective at best.  While this particular list may not be everyone’s top ten, or even fall in an order that is agreeable, most of them in some combination would make just about everyone’s top ten list.  This...

UH-1 Iroquois Helicopter – The Huey

The UH-1 Iroquois helicopter was developed and manufactured from 1956 thru 1986 by Bell Helicopter.  The Iroquois was initially designed when the US Army realized a need for both a medical evacuation and a utility helicopter.  Bell was among the 20 companies who...