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Monroe in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

OH-6 Cayuse Helicopter

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December 31, 1969
1. OH-6 Cayuse Helicopter Marker
This helicopter was known as a Light Observation Helicopter ("Loach") and saw a lot of action during the Viet Nam War. When used for search operations it normally carried no attached armament. Most of the time the gunner in the rear seat had a M-60 machine gun and had smoke and WP grenades used to mark target locations. The best feature was its very fast speed and maneuverability. The pilot would fly in a right turn at tree-top height at about 30 mph. Once the enemy was spotted he would immediately vector straight away from target at maximum speed. The Cobra helicopter was normally at 1500 feet protecting the Loach. Once contact with the enemy was made, the Cobra would attack. The mission was one of search and destroy. About 75% of air crews were killed or wounded. Most of the OH-6A helicopters were shot down and/or damaged. Many were recovered and repaired to fly again. Some OH-6A helicopters were armed with M75 40mm grenade launchers and the M27 "minigun."


Manufacturer: McDonnell

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December 31, 1969
2. OH-6 Cayuse Helicopter Marker
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Type: Light Observation Helicopter
Year first flight: 1963
Engine: Allison T63-5A Turbo-shaft, 252.5 hp
Rotor Diameter: 26 ft 4 in
Overall Length: 30 ft 3 75 in
Height: 8 ft 1.5in Empty Weight: 1,229 lb
Max Takeoff Weight: 2,700 lb
Max Speed: 150 mph (cruise) at sea level
Range: 380 miles
Crew: 2 plus gunner with M-60 Machine Gun


Donated to the Museum by Mr. Victor Schilleci, IV in memory of his father Mr. Victor Schilleci III
Erected by Chennault Aviation & Military Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, Vietnam.
Location. 32° 30.706′ N, 92° 3.297′ W. Marker is in Monroe, Louisiana, in Ouachita Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Kansas Lane and Central Avenue on Kansas Lane. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 Kansas Lane, Monroe LA 71203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Claire Lee Chennault (within shouting distance of this marker); Selman Field Navigator Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Selman Field (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Monroe Monarchs (approx. 1.8 miles away); St. Matthew Catholic Church

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May 10, 2019
3. OH-6 Cayuse Helicopter Marker
(approx. 3.6 miles away); Art Alley (approx. 3.7 miles away); Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away); Fort Miro (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monroe.
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum
Credits. This page was last revised on May 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 12, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 12, 2019.

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