YO 3A Flight to Vietnam Helicopters Concord CA

Mission: Lockheed YO-3A Is flown from NASA Edwards AFB to its new home at Vietnam Helicopters in Concord, CA. It was flown by Vietnam Veterans Richard Osborne and Kurt Olney who served as Pilot and Crew Chief on the YO-3A during the Vietnam War.

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  1. This is an awesome organization and I am very proud to be a member and assist the mission of VHM.

  2. Beginning in September, 2015, I made contact with Kurt Olney once discovering he and I had been involved with the Y0-3A in Vietnam at the same time … but in greatly different ways. Kurt worked directly with the plane and its crews while I was on permanent perimeter security at Long Thanh North where much of the Y0-3A activity took place. I had been assigned to LTN with a group of 41 other “rapid responders” for the specific purpose of securing this airplane … 6 of them actually … from the local VC who were hot to bring one of them down … though at the time this was so secret we weren’t even told about it. I witnessed one of them crash and was able to get the details 45 years later from Kurt Olney’s web site http://www.yo-3a.com

  3. Tom Triplett

    I was an Australian army pilot based at Nui Dat in Phuoc Tuy province Vietnam, Callsign “Possum 23”. One day in late 1971 we got a call from the tower saying we were going to get “beat up” in about 10 minutes. We all grabbed our cameras and raced down to the strip. On cue this strange glider/aircraft “SWISHED” by rocking his wings. We thought his engine had quit but then he pulled the nose up and sailed off into the blue. The “beat up” was more like a one finger massage…….but we’d heard about the strange almost silent plane used to locate the enemy at night at low level.

  4. Russell Fields

    My call sign was “UPTIGHT 20” CWO Fields,Russell ! 73rd SAC OV-1 Driver.1970-71 Long than North Vietnam. Carl Borchers and I were in basic training together,we were both prior service . He was coast guard and I was army.I was a door gunner/crew chief on H-21/Uh-1A/B models 1962 no H models yet. Any way Carl and I use to plan on how we could utilize my Infra red and his night scope to better use. He took me on one of his YO-3A missions one night so I could see his night scope ,boy was that a trip , head down in the screen joy stick to stay on target,Every Thing Green, including my stomach when we were going forward and they were going backwards as we moved forward. What we worked out was I find the hot targets and call him in to look them over! Turns out I was directing arty on water buffalo with a coelman lantern and a plow behind them. Saved a lot arty shells with his night scope! The night Carl and Loving were killed I was RTB from an IR mission and was using My IR to find him which I did . This is the way I remember the events . There was an oil leak that put oil on to the rubber band gear reduction causing the prop to loose its drive.The landing lights were on the landing gear,gear was not down,they stalled at 50ft or so and pan caked in . The impact broke both of their necks even tho plane was not damaged that bad. We were room mates. I believe Richard Osborne and I were together in WOC training!

  5. Mike Meyer

    I was with the 56th as a Doorgunner on our Recovery Team. We recovered a Yo3 that crashed over the berm around the end of 1970. We lifted it with our Huey #411 and the pics are on the yo3 website. I left 25 Aug 1971. We were next door from the 73rd.

  6. Mike Meyer

    The 56th TC Recovery lifted a YO 3 at Long Thanh when it crashed over the berm on take off. Kemper Wilkins was the AC. Crashed at the end of 1970.

    Mike Meyer Doorgunner

  7. Charles L DAVIDSON

    I WAS A CREW MEMBER FOR Yo 3a at Long Than North VN 70 71

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