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By Tom Quinn, Casper Crew Chief
TOUR OF DUTY: Typical Day For A Casper Crew Chief
LAMPASAS, TX (2005) -
My main responsibility was to maintain the aircraft in a maintenance ready status. Usual day would start getting to the aircraft at least an hour before pre-
There were many varied and different types’ of missions from Command & Control to hauling troops, re supplying the units out in the bush. Some could be mundane to exhilarating or to down right terror. The only one that I know we did not do was failing to accomplish any mission.
Duties while in flight were to clear the aircraft upon takeoff and landing; to watch for other aircraft; watch the instruments for any abnormalities and fluctuations; to observe what was happening around the aircraft while on the ground an in flight; to protect the aircraft and crew if necessary in using the machine gun. If we were hauling, troops and if we had time we would brief them about the aircraft and what could be expected during landing or if they may have to jump from the skid to ground. A lot of the time, this was done after boarding the bird.
On occasions we were taught how to fly by our pilots so if they were wounded we maybe able to take over the controls and have a controlled crash instead. Mr. O’Conner was the first pilot that taught me, and Mr. Morrison was to teach me how to do a test flight. Thank you, as my eyes kept me from going to flight school but it was fun and a great experience.
The success of our missions though came from all of us pulling together; as one day Shortround and I flew all day without shutting down, we came in about 1800 hrs and landed at Ghost Town but were told not to shut down as we were going out for a hot extraction. We changed pilots and took off to find this team; we were given coordinates east of the mouth to the An Loa. We spent two fuel loads looking for this LRRP team. Then we were notified that we were looking in the wrong place that they were somewhere in the Soy Cal. Changed pilots again before proceeding south. After being station for a while and running short on fuel, we went to Phu Cat and refueled. Finally we found them at 0500 we landed back at Ghost Town. The aircraft was schedule for another mission that day at 0600. After being wordy getting to my point -
In the end it was all of us looking out and taking care of each other, even though we had our differences inside, no body outside could touch us, we were a team, a ‘Crew.’
Tom Quinn was a Casper Crew Chief and served at LZ English, Bong Son 6/69 -
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