As our first project, we decided to recreate EMU 309 (tail # 68-16309), a typical UH-1H slick. 309 was historically significant, it was the longest serving slick in the 135th AHC. She served in the unit from October, 1969 until the unit stood down in February, 1972, a total of 28 months. The closest competitor was 66-16268 with 25 months in the unit. 309's 2,724 total flight hours were only surpassed by one aircraft (slick 67-17508 with 2789 hours). It would seem to go without saying that the sweat and blood expended by the men of all Assault Helicopter Companies in Vietnam is worthy of historical recognition, even at this late date. This would seem especially true of the 135th AHC due to its unique composition. That this experimental unit was capable of such effective and sustained combat operations is a tribute to both its career oriented R.A.N. personnel and the soldiers of the U.S. Army of that era who combined to form a unit of great skill and aggressiveness. When it was originally formed, both governments involved had legitimate concerns about the chances of success for this ad hoc unit. The 135th‘s combat record in Vietnam not only assuaged those concerns but proved them entirely unfounded.moreless
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