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Bell Cobra


Vung Tau Army Airfield (VTAA) was the home of two U.S. Caribou squadrons (approx. 16 planes each) from 1964 until mid 1970. The planes, designated CV-2, were originally under the control of US Army's 57th and 61st Aviation Companies. As part of an inter-service agreement they were transferred to USAF in January 1967 and redesigned C-7 and C-7A. The two squadrons at VTAA were taken over by the 535th and 536th Tactical Airlift Sqs., which were part of the 483rd Tactical Airlift Wing. In July 1970 the two squadrons were moved from VTAA to Wing headquarters at Cam Ranh Bay, closing out the major USAF presence at VTAA.  Another US Army aviation outfit stationed at VTAA was the 73rd Surveillance Aircraft Company (SAC) which flew the Grumman OV-1 "Mohawk." They were housed at the north end of the field.

Courtesy of Doug Lamerson


UNITS

Other Information

57th Aviation Company

Flew  CV-2's

61st Aviation Company

Flew  CV-2's

73rd Surveillance Aircraft Company (SAC)

Flew Grumman OV-1 "Mohawk" Aircraft

535th Tactical Airlift Squadron

Flew  C-7's

536th Tactical Airlift Squadron

Flew  C-7's

 

 

 

 

Aircraft at Vung Tau

Note: If you know the unit or have information on any aircraft seen on this site please contact me via the mailboxes at the bottom of the pages.  

 

Type

Serial Number

Other Information
L-23D

58-3052

Dec 1970

Note: "L-23D." By 1970 this aircraft had been redesignated by US Army as "RU-8D." It likely belonged to the 146th Avn. Co.(RR) stationed at Long Thanh Airfield located about 50 km NW of Vung Tau on Hwy. 15. The plane was probably transiting VTAA as they were never assigned there. The 146th was a "Radio Research" unit that attempted to locate Charlie by eavesdropping. The plane is notable for the wing-tip dipole antennas that were part of the receiving system. I worked on these planes under contract to a civilian company after I mustered out of USAF.
Information Courtesy of Doug Lamerson

C-7 62-4168 "KL" 536th TAS - Dec 1969
C-7 63-9738 "KH" 535th TAS - Dec 1969
0-1

0-72803

Dec 1970
0-2

21413

Dec 1970

0-2

  O-2 "Snoopy" FAC from Det#5 19th TASS.  November 1969

AH-1G

  AH-1G Cobra gunship. January 1970

CH-47's

  US Army Chinooks  - 1967
    Chinook lifting a UH-1 - 9 Jun 70

C-130A

A97-216

RAAF - Dec 1970

C-130E

A97-177

RAAF - Dec 70
Iroquois

Chinook

A2-768

 

RAAF - Jul 70

U.S. Army

UH-1H   RAAF - Jun 70
    RAAF 355 Squadron - Maintenance Flight
    402 Landing
    483 Hangar
    US Army U-1 Otter, U-6 Beaver, and 0-1 Birddogs in revetments - Oct 1970
    Air Traffic Control Tower - Nov 1969
    Air Traffic Control Tower - Tower complex after pullout, under ostensible VNAF control. 1973
    Flightline
    Friendly ALCE - Former "Friendly" ALCE (Airlift Control Element)site which managed cargo and passanger movements through the aerial port, seen after pullout. Note roof has been scavenged. 1973.
    USAF C-7 Caribou Aircraft Landing on Runway #12  Feb 1970
    Cargo/Passenger loading pad with 2 USAF C-7 Caribou and 2 VNAF C-47's.  Oct 1970
    Photo Shop
    US Army 330th Transportation Company

Oct 1970

    RAG Hangar - Collapsed after US pullout.   1973
    Red Horse - Barracks area for USAF Caribou 483rd TAW maintenance personnel. November 1969
    Airfield Windsock - Mid-field wind sock after US pullout.  1973
    Building T-250 - "Red Horse" barracks #250 after US pullout. 1973
    Building T-375 - USAF supply building after pullout. Note inscription above door. 1973
Sign at the peak of the building say - Constructed by 535? CE? Vietnamese and Sgt Cook 196?
UH-1C   RAAF Gunship - Dec 70

 


Vung Tau - 2002

I made a return visit to Vung Tau. There is absolutely no trace of the infrastructure we built at the airfield. Everything is gone except for the tower and the old French hangars at the south end which pre-dated our arrival and are seen in the pics of the 330 Trans Co. The airfield is now used only for rotary wing operations to support the off-shore oil rigs. There is an 8 foot wall all the way around the perimeter and entry is prohibited. They get ticked off if they see you attempting to take photos.

Doug Lamerson


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