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Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

OH-6A Cayuse

“Loach” Helicopter

 
 
OH-6A Cayuse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
1. OH-6A Cayuse Marker
Inscription. The OH-6A Cayuse was designed as a military scout aircraft during the Vietnam War to meet the Army's need for an extremely maneuverable light observation helicopter. Nicknamed the "Loach" because of its LOH designation (light observation helicopter), the OH-6 was heavily relied upon in Southeast Asia. At peak production during the war, as many as 100 OH-6As were built per month. The Cayuse was used for command and control, observation, target acquisition and reconnaissance.

Entered Service: 1965
Builder: Hughes Aircraft Company
Crew: 1 or 2 pilots
Engine: Allison T63-A-5A
Length: 25 feet
Width: 6 feet
Height: 8 feet
Range: 500 miles
Aircraft No.: 017204 PA NG
Weapon System: If armed with the M-27 system, the OH-6 would contain a port (left) side mounting M-134 six-barrel, 7.62mm minigun or a 40mm grenade launcher on the XM8 armament system. In addition, an M-60D, 7.62mm machine gun could be mounted in the rear door openings.
 
Erected by Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum.
 
Location. 40° 25.993′ N, 76° 34.009′ W. Marker is in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, in Lebanon County. Marker is at the intersection of Fisher Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Fisher
OH-6A Cayuse image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
2. OH-6A Cayuse
Avenue. Click for map. Located on the Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Facility. Marker is in this post office area: Annville PA 17003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. AH-1F Bell (a few steps from this marker); UH-1 Iroquois (within shouting distance of this marker); EC-130E Commando Solo I (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); EC-130E "Commando Solo" (about 800 feet away); Fallen Warrior Memorial - 2nd BCT (approx. 0.2 miles away); 40 & 8 Boxcar (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nike "Ajax" Missile (approx. 0.2 miles away); F-102 Jet Fighter (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Indiantown Gap.
 
Also see . . .  OH-6A Cayuse Light Observation Helicopter. The OH-6A lives on today in a series of variants used for special operations support, commonly called "little birds." (Submitted on October 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, Vietnam
 
Three Helicopters on Display at Fort Indiantown Gap image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
3. Three Helicopters on Display at Fort Indiantown Gap
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,235 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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