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McFarland relieved Major Gottschalk as commanding officer of VMO-6. Before the change of command the officers and enlisted men of VMO-6 proclaimed 27 March as Commanding Officer's Day in honor of Major Gotrschalk. He had been the squadron's commanding officer since VMO-6 departed the United States and he The capability to mount two covered litters on the skids of the Bell HTL-4 made it a markedly better aircraft than the H035-1 for canying medevacs. Department of Defense (USMC) Photo A131705 MajGen Gerald C.

For proper sight picture, the cross-ham were lined up with a greasemark placed on the plexiglass windscreen at the cime the guns were bore-sighted. ***Both squadrons wete to be underttrength at first because of a shortage of qualified pilots. ° ****Da Nang East later became known as Marble Mountain Air trained replacements at six month intervals. The departure of this first cadre left VMO-6 with a skeleton crew to accept aircraft and train replacement personnel. Facility (MMAF). 36 7th Aviation Platoon, and three days after its arrival the squadron transpotted the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral David L.

Thus, the Marine's external ordnance arrangement required a stealing or eotket launching pattern similar to one used by fixed wing aircraft. The Army gunship, on the other hand, could keep a target under flee during roll-ins, pull-outs, or while in an orbit over it. 35 Fifteen additional H-Is were expected byJuly 1965. Additionally, as part of the continuing effott to provide an atmed escort aircraft for support of helicopter operations, the squadron received three transfer of nine H-is to VMO-2, steadily increased until by August the squadron possessed 27.

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