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De Havilland U-1A Otter

This gallery of photos was assembled from some slides that I took during my tour in Vietnam as a US Army Pilot. The slides were mostly Ektachromes and Agfachromes. The slides were in faded condition even though they had been carefully stored in an air-conditioned environment for over 30 years. The second law of thermodynamics always holds true. The slides were duplicated with a digital camera and reconditioned in Photoshop CS. I suppose a better job could have been done in the restoration but the law (another one of those laws) of diminishing returns set in after about 300 hours of work.

The photographs and narration of this gallery were prepared for my friends and family who have asked me what I did during the Vietnam War.

We were all volunteers. We all went to war for various reasons and I doubt if any one that I knew, as well as my self regrets it, except for one possible caveat. At that time of my life I was not a Christian. I thought I was but I was not, for I did not know my savior or His word and consequently all of my understanding and actions were according to the standards of the world. My chief motivation was personal pride, the glorification of my self and not the LORD Jesus Christ, the creator of all that is seen and that which is not seen. Because I did not know my creator I did not know my own heart and I consequently could not truly have compassion and love for my fellow man. So, if I stepped on your toes or fingers while climbing the ladder of pride I apologize and ask for your forgiveness.

I had a commercial pilots license and a flight instructor ratings when I joined the Army. I received flight training in the Army that would have been impossible to obtain in the civilian world. In Vietnam I was fortunate to fly an aircraft in a mission situation that was comparable to flying for a small airline during the golden age of civil aviation. As a young man I was given the responsibility of an aircraft a crew and mission. We received our assignments and we were pretty much left to our own resources as to how we got the job done. We were given a freedom of operation that amazes me today when I think back on it. I was the aircraft commander and no one ever questioned or second-guessed my decisions. As young men we were given a lot of responsibility and the requisite authority. We were well trained and the system worked.

I enjoyed learning from and working with everyone that I served with from basic training, through Warrant Officer Candidate flight school and my Vietnam service. Donít get me wrong there was a lot of hardship and tough times but the people were great to serve with. To the "old hands" who went before us and paved the way, I say thank you.

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Fixed Wing Class 69-21 First to Solo
Fixed Wing Class 69-21 First to Solo
Rodney Goes Flying!
Rodney Goes Flying!
Fort Ord Flt Line
Fort Ord Flt Line
A Real Classic!
A Real Classic!
Pushing an Otter Into the Hangar
Pushing an Otter Into the Hangar
Coming Through HOT
Coming Through HOT
Close Up Of The Otter At Fort Ord
Close Up Of The Otter At Fort Ord
Warrant Officer Greg Beck. Pilot In Command.
Warrant Officer Greg Beck. Pilot In Command.
RJL On The Flight Line
RJL On The Flight Line
Hawk Magazine P1.jpg
Hawk Magazine P1.jpg
Hawk Magazine P2.jpg
Hawk Magazine P2.jpg
Hawk Magazine P3.jpg
Hawk Magazine P3.jpg
Big Daddy 694 Mag Check
Big Daddy 694 "Mag Check"
Fire Base Song Mao
Fire Base Song Mao
Departing Tonla Cham
Departing Tonla Cham
Hokey Wolf takes on passengers At Hon Quan
Hokey Wolf takes on passengers At Hon Quan
Operation Orvil One
Operation Orvil One
Loc Ninh
Loc Ninh
Charley Gets Personal
Charley Gets Personal
Long Than North Army Airfield
Long Than North Army Airfield
The Epitome of the Ash and Trash Mission
The Epitome of the Ash and Trash Mission
The Epitome of the Ash and Trash Mission-Part 2
The Epitome of the Ash and Trash Mission-Part 2
Refueling in Can Tho
Refueling in Can Tho
U-1A Flying South On Hwy 13
U-1A Flying South On Hwy 13
U-1A Flying South On Hwy 13 - Part 2
U-1A Flying South On Hwy 13 - Part 2
U-1A Maintenance at Long Than North
U-1A Maintenance at Long Than North
Our Hands On Maintenance Officer
Our Hands On Maintenance Officer
Waiting For Cargo in Song Be
Waiting For Cargo in Song Be
Rock-A-Bye Baby
Rock-A-Bye Baby
We Race a Huey
We Race a Huey
See - We Are Catchin Him
See - We Are Catchin Him
Tay Ninh and The Black Virgin
Tay Ninh and The Black Virgin
Yep Ė Thatís an Air Force Bird Dog
Yep Ė Thatís an Air Force Bird Dog
On The Flight Line At Ben Hua
On The Flight Line At Ben Hua
5000 Feet Over The Mekong Delta
5000 Feet Over The Mekong Delta