Fred Young


Mr. Young has over 48 years of flight experience logging more than 28,000 hours in the air. He has over 25,000 hours of rotary wing flight hours and over 3,000 hours of airplane, single engine, land time; 800 hours acquired flying missions in the Vietnam War, where he served his country flying as an OH-6A Cayuse scout pilot with B Troop 7/1st Air Cavalry and A Troop 2/17th Air Cavalry (1968–1969). He served in the U.S. Army from 1967–1972.

Fred Young’s extensive helicopter and airplane flight experience includes:

  • 1967 US Army Rotor Wing OH-23, OH-13, Bell UHI “Huey” models B, C, D
  • 1968-1969 Combat Vietnam B/7/1 Air Cav & A/2/17 Air Cav 101st Air Born
  • 1972-1974 Carson Helicopters S-55, S-58, S-58T, S-61
  • 1974-1979 Erickson Air Crane S-64E
  • 1979-1983 Siller Brothers S-61, S-64, H-500D
  • 1983-1986 Nevis Industries H-500D
  • 1986-1988 Aris Helicopters H-500D Lama 315, AS350, S-58T
  • 1988-2006 Owner/operator A&P Helicopters, Inc. H-500D, Bell 206B, UH1B 204
  • Pilot Proficiency Examiner S-61
  • CFI Rotorcraft Helicopters & Airplane singe engine land.
  • Instrument Airplane, Single Engine, Land

Mr. Young’s exemplary military recognitions include two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, 26 Combat Air Medals, the Army Commendation Medal & Good Conduct Medal. He separated from the Army in 1972 with the rank of Captain.

He flew commercial civilian helicopter logging and then contract work until 1988 when he founded A&P Helicopters, Inc. in Yuba City, California. He owned his business for 18 years flying a Hughes 500D. During his flying career Fred has helped establish long line and external operations for California Department of Justice, PG&E and the US Forest Service.

Fred retired in 2006 and continues to fly his Bonanza D35, take motorcycle road trips, and work very closely with numerous Veteran Organizations volunteering his time and effort. He is Commander of Yuba-Sutter Sheriff’s Aero Squadron and National Director for Blackhawks 7/1st Air Cav.

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  1. Hi,

    My name is Drew Young and I believe Fred is my Uncle and if you have any contact information for him I would greatly appreciate it.

  2. SP4. Gerald G. Chachere, Sr

    Mr. Young; I served with C trp 8/1 air cav, at Ft. Knox, Ky , May 1971 to June 1972. I was a crew chief. My pilot was Captain John Donahue. My Maintance NCO IC was SGT Harry Burbank. I can find no record of Troop or any of the personal, any place. I was on flight status and was trying to find our troop patch as I would like to have it. If you could offer any assistance or information, I would be grateful. Thank you Sir.

  3. Mike Hackenwerth

    Fred, I served with you at Ft. Knox in 1972. I was your XO in Headquarters Company, USARS.
    One of my fondest memories was when you showed up at my quarters with a bicycle built for two and we rode to work. Do you remember Lt. Mike Hackenwerth.

    • Mike! I just now saw this message! Yes I remember you and have thought of you often. Lots of questions. I hope you get this message! Contact me and we can get caught up! I’m so surprised to see this from you!

    • Call me! Yes I remember you!

  4. Mike maynard retired pcso

    How are you? Saw a 500 fly over my house in Colfax the other day and immediately thought of you and our flites for placer county sheriff. Looking back, I wish I would have had you teach me to fly. If you ever come to Colfax, call me and I’ll take you to lunch. Hope you and your wife are doing well.

  5. Steve McKercher

    Fred Looks like we logged a 500 foot high cliff for Erickson Air Crane. (1974-1979) I was the hooker on that cliff.
    As I recall, we averaged 17500 pound turns out of the cracks of that cliff. My wife and I live South of The Dalles Or
    my phone # 503 816 1900 It would be good to hear your voice, give me a call..

  6. Rick Reinaldo

    Hello Fred, I hope you are are doing well my friend? I truly miss your incredible flying skills while flying with you while working and operating under the direction of Dale Ferranto, Ed Plantaric, D.O.J. C.A.M.P.
    missions. I would like you know how are you are doing and if you’re still operating your 500. Contact me anytime you have a free moment looking forward to hearing from you.

  7. Fred Young helicoptered are mining equipment back in the Sierra Mountains, more than once
    , 1992 1994 , I must say . Without Fred Young, my gold mining experience ,would not have happened.

  8. Duke Gallardo

    Is that you “Stumpy”’s me “Father Gallo” God bless you.

  9. Christopher Rivera

    “I fell in to a burning ring of fire, I fell down, down, down but the flame went higher”
    I miss flyibg with you Freddy!

  10. Julia Siderakis

    Hi Fred!

    This is Julia Siderakis from Ukiah, California. It was my pleasure to work with all of you back in the early 90’s when you were on assignment. You were under a contract and we served you regularly at the Ukiah Garden Café’. I would love to speak to you after all these years. You can contact me at 707/367-4204. I hope you and your family are well!


    Julia Siderakis

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