1RNZIR Band Tour Vietnam 1969 - Chinook helicopter

A US CH-47 Chinook helicopter approaches a landing pad at Nui Dat to discharge its load and pick up 1RNZIR Band for transport to FSB Discovery, October 1969.

There was a crew of five on these powerful work horses – pilot, co-pilot, two observer/gunners and loadmaster/observer. Their turnaround on the ground was remarkably rapid given the heavy loads or number of troops they could carry - little wonder as they represented juicy sitting targets to the Viet Cong on the ground.

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Image courtesy Terry Garmonsway

How to cite this page: '1RNZIR Band Tour - Chinook helicopter', URL: http://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz/photo/1rnzir-band-tour-chinook-helicopter, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 26-Aug-2013