Sikorsky VH-34C 'Choctaw'
| Douglas Nelms|
| There were two, possible three, VH-34s at Davison Army Airfield until 1969. One was crashed and destroyed on takeoff from Site R.
The VH-21s were all delivered to Davis-Mothan AFB in 1969 as the UH-1Ds were delivered from Vietnam (replaced by UH-1Hs) and configured as VH-1s.
I am currently writing a magazine feature on the Army's current VIP rotary-wing detachment, the 12th Avn. Bn., and would appreciate any information from any members of the unit going back as far as the late 1960s. I was a member (a CW2) stationed there 1968-1970.
02/20/2012 @ 06:26 [ref: 53128]
| Long way from DC if it was one of the ones stationed there.
If one of President Eisenhower's it would have "George" in it. But may have been taken out. At one time on of the 34's was located at Davidson Army Airfield outside of DC when I was stationed there. I believe I was one of the last army pilots to be qualified in the 34 - a choice between the 34 and CH-21. 21 was going to be mothballed soon and so I got the 34. Still have the broken tail wheel pin out of it-custom was that if you forgot to unlock the tail wheel when taxiing and broke the pin-you had to buy the crewchief a case of beer for his trouble in replacing it. Guess that tells you I bought the chief a case of beer huh :)
Oh- "George" was the inflight computer. Worked well for taking you from A to B,would put aircraft into a holding circle, and start beeping to tell you that you had arrived at location you had entered. Been so many years that I can not remember if you set the location at latitude/longitude or by coordinates. Ok, George was not that advanced--except that it was designed in 50's !
Only flew 34 for a few weeks before I was sent back to Nam for another tour. Never in one again. I do remember that that radial engine sure had a neat sound though.
Good luck in your project.
04/23/2005 @ 10:28 [ref: 10019]
| Christopher Hill|
| I am currently in process of restoring a former "Marine One" aircraft, I would like any information to help me restore the inside to its original condition. Thank you for your time. Please submit information to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org |
09/12/2003 @ 17:55 [ref: 6686]