Flying Sharks!

If you thought you were safe in the air, think again.



(Robert Brackenhoff,

The UH-1C pictured was part of the 174th Assault Helicopter Company. The Company's website notes that when gunships arrived in Vietnam in 1966, "The only distinguishing marks were the white 'triangular fin' painted on the vertical stabilizer at the end of the tail boom." Early in 1966, the unit received permission from the Flying Tigers to adapt their sharkmouth paint scheme to the unit's helicopters. From June 1966 until the unit stood down at the end of 1971, every helicopter in the unit bore the motif.

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