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
[Cruising Speed: 120 miles per hour]
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.
[The new marker text is essentially the same as the former marker (which is transcribed), with the exception of the added cruising speed]
Erected by Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum.
Location. 40° 25.993′ N, 76°
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); M4A3 Sherman Tank (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Company G, 112th Infantry, and Service Troop, 104th Cavalry, War Memorial (about 500 feet away); M46 Patton Tank (about 500 feet away); M60A3 Patton Tank (about 600 feet away); M113A2 APC (about 600 feet away); M1/IPM1 Abrams Tank (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Indiantown Gap.
Also see . . .
1. 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.)
2. Boeing OH-6 Cayuse/Hughes 500. (Submitted on February 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The OH-6 Helicopter at YouTube. (Submitted on February 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum (Submitted on February 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Air & Space • War, Vietnam •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,264 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on February 1, 2017.