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The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship

 
 
The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 23, 2010
1. The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship Marker
Inscription. In 1964, the U.S. Army was seeking a heavily armed helicopter suitable for a combat operations in Vietnam. Boeing-Vertol proposed a modified version of the CH47 Chinook, which the Army promptly accepted. An order for eleven of the aircraft was placed but unfortunately, due to budget constraints, only four were ultimately produced. By mid 1966 the 53rd Aviation Detachment, better known as Guns-A-Go-Go, had been formed and sent to Vietnam to support the 1st Cavalry, The Royal Australian Task Force, IV Corps and the 1st and 25th Cavalry Divisions. This combat configured gunship, weighing over 31,000 pounds, carried a crew of eight and could remain in battle for approximately two hours. Armament included a nose mounted 40 MM grenade launcher firing 250 rounds per minute; two 20 MM cannons firing at 800 rounds per minute, two nineteen shot 2.75 inch rocket pods; five .50 caliber machine guns located two on each side and one in the rear. This array of weapons allowed the A/ACH47A gunship to successfully complete every combat mission flown. These aircraft were active from 1966 until 1968 and today Easy Money, which had been completely restored for display, is the only surviving Go-Go bird. Her sister ships- Stump Jumper, Co$t of Living, and Birth Control were all destroyed while in Vietnam. Let those who read this and history never forget
The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 23, 2010
2. The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship Marker
the A/ACH47A Gunship or that band of valiant and courageous men who served in the unit they called Guns-A-Go-Go.
 
Location. 34° 38.137′ N, 86° 38.773′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Wood Road and Technology Road, on the right when traveling south on Wood Road. Click for map. Located on the Army side of Redstone Arenal. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville AL 35801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Formation of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (approx. 4.6 miles away); Merrimack Mfg. Co. & Village / Joseph J. Bradley School (approx. 5.1 miles away); NASA Skylab (approx. 5.2 miles away); U.S. Air Force SM-65 Atlas-F (approx. 5.2 miles away); U.S. Army PGM-11 Redstone (approx. 5.2 miles away); Pathfinder (approx. 5.2 miles away); NASA/U.S. Geological Survey (approx. 5.2 miles away); U.S. Army/NASA Juno II (approx. 5.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
 
Categories. War, Vietnam
 
The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 23, 2010
3. The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship Marker
The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 23, 2010
4. The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship Marker
The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 23, 2010
5. The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship Marker
The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 23, 2010
6. The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship Marker
The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 23, 2010
7. The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship Marker
The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 23, 2010
8. The Boeing-Vertol A/ACH47A Helicopter Gunship Marker
 
 
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