Mr. Kast: I'm writing a book that briefly describes a 1961 mission in the Montana mountains that involved an H-43 from the Malmstrom AFB detachment of the Western Air Rescue Center, and I'm trying to reconstruct it with the correct detail. There were several stages to this. One: Picking up local lawmen, one by one, while hovering, and ferrying each to a nearby crash site. Two: Delivering supplies to same at their base camp - food, and hay for their horses. Three: Later recovering human remains, in body bags, from the crash site. You state that the helo was equipped with a folding stretcher. I imagine that was how remains would have been lifted aboard. But for picking up & transporting live individuals, and for lowering supplies, was some sort of rope or cable harness used instead? I just want to describe this accurately. Any help is greatly appreciated. Best, Bill McMichael
jerry ball, e-mail, 30.11.2020 23:02
Hi Cherye I was a firefighter assigned to the HH43B for eight years. After 45 years active/civilian with the USAF I retired and work closely with the Pedro Rescue Helicopter Association. We have placed Pedro Monuments at Maxwell SAFB, AL, The Air Force Academy and one at Lackland AFB. We were schedule to place the last one at the US Air Force Muesuem, Dayton Ohio this year but have been delayed due to the virus. I need a copy of the Dash One Technical Order for the HH43B Huskey. I am in the process of trying to provide a Fire Suppression Kit FSK for the HH43B on display at the DOD fire Academy, Goodfellow AFB, San Angelo, TX Any help would be greatly appreciated. Regards Jerry Ball
Cherye L Elliott, e-mail, 01.11.2020 15:58
My Dad, John Elliott worked for Charlie Kaman during the 50's and 60's. We were stationed at Tachikawa AFB in Japan. He spent most of his time with the technical support of the helicopters. When a helicopter had trouble they would call and be hooked up through radio to the men rescuing our soldiers. All they had to do was put their radio near the engine and my Dad could tell you exactly what was wrong by the sound. I am not sure of all the things he did because he wore a custom made suit to work and carried a orange jumpsuit to stay clean. I remember when Mr. Kaman wanted to go to Vietnam to see how his 'investment' was doing, he had to get permission to get into the country from my Dad. Charlie was not amused.
The reason for my post. I have ALL of the training manuals--you name it I have it, for the helicopters until 1965. Is there a museum or ? That would want to have these books?
I am in the process of moving. I am definitely not throwing them away. I will keep them in the family but I thought they may be better off for enthusiasts to enjoy. Thank you.
jerry ball, e-mail, 11.09.2020 23:18
Hello Mike I just found this site and I am sorry to hear of your Uncle passing. I flew with your Uncle at Misawa AB, Japan 66/67. I was a firefighter and moved to Siagon 67. Still remember the Jaguar car that he brought to Japan. Regards Jerry
michael carey, e-mail, 10.09.2020 05:13
i served with captain Parker at james connley afb in the early 60s he was a great man . i can only tell you a little story at the time i was only 18yr old captaln Parker had niece that was coming to visit i no not remember her name but he asked me if i would take her out on a date i asked him how old she was and he wanted to know what i had in mind i told him nothing at the time for the date i got sick and was in the hospital captain Parker brought her to the hospital to meet me she was a very pretty blonde about 16 or 17 when they left i never saw her again you might know who she is she still alive she is in her 70s all in all Pasco was a great person
Joe daniels, 27.08.2020 23:57
I was !90150 CREW MEMBER at McCord afbShelly's AFB LIbya
Mark Bennett, e-mail, 03.08.2020 04:14
Ron Bryant, sounds like you served the same time at Hahn AB with my father, HH43 pilot, Maj Robert Bennett. Write me, please. (Good memories for me too.)
Bud Cochran, e-mail, 20.03.2020 05:06
I got to fly this helicopter at the Indian Springs AFAF. FLEW MISSIONS TO DROP SHAPES for the rocket earth bore program. We dropped shapes from high altitude. I Day we were climbing well and I was ask if I wanted to set an altitude record. I was on height finding radar. I was told I was at 33500 ft. I climbed until the stick was bouncing off the back stop. This is because the nose tuck more the higher you get.
William Waite, e-mail, 13.03.2018 15:16
I had the pleasure of serving as an on-board fire fighter with Det. 11, 41st ARRW at Kunsan AB, Korea 1969-1970. The rescue and recovery operations we performed were my proudest memories serving in the USAF. My most exciting moment was an emergency water landing (the water was only 2 feet deep) we had to make in a mine field along the base perimeter.
mark a peck, e-mail, 17.11.2017 05:18
I was a firefighter/rescue at Mcchord Air Force Base from 1970 to 1974.
Michael D. Kast, e-mail, 29.06.2017 14:17
'67; Flight Surgeon Assistant, (School of Aerospace Medicine); pcs to; Left seat Huey's in SAC, then pcs to the Husky in 67th ARRS, Det 13, (you crash, we dash), Moron AFB, Spain,(68--70). HEY--Stan Nelson--took over your typewriter desk too, lol). Besides being left seat, and hoist operator on occasions, I truly respected the Fire Fighters on board during such missions. With med-kit, unfolding stretcher, safely behind the FSK, with the 43 above fanning the flames away in our simulated crash drills really gave me an appreciation to the coordination required to safely remove any crew from a burning craft. (HEY Ken Joyce); My pilots were fantastically adept too. One Capt., on an auto-rotation check ride by his Major, managed to set down rather hard on the front starboard wheel, which bounced the craft up, and over starboard 90 degrees. I know this, as, lol, I was just on board for the extra flight hours. Sitting on the bench up against the electronics conduits on the port side, (behind the Major's left seat position), I watched out the open side door at the expansion cracks of the runway magnifying towards me. (Think 'cross-hairs'. My last thought was; "...this is it".., but the Captain righted the craft back upright 90 degrees to a soft 4 wheeled landing. Base Ops said that our starboard blades missed the concrete by ONE, (1) foot. 'Twas a miracle. How in the world was that possible. We were safe on the ground. I unbuckled, got out, and actually kissed the ground. Never asked how the Pilot managed that landing. Sure would like to know though..! Our 130 Hercule crews were great when we loaded one of our two 43B's on board for deployment to Carbide Ice, Reforger 1. One thing best was the fact that the chopper mechanics are the unsung heros for keeping us crew members alive with always one brand new craft sitting, and charging on the ready pad, whilst they went through the other. Seems they were on a two week rotation. Pedro; "Where Ever Needed". HEY RUSKIES.., GET OVER IT. Cosmic oriented economics is better than war oriented economics.., da?
Stan Nelson, e-mail, 16.06.2017 16:24
Assigned to LBRs 1965 to 1969 on HH-43Bs. I was at Moron AB, Spain when the B-52 collided with a KC-135 over Palomares on the SE coast of Spain. We operated out of San Javier, Spain which was 90 nm northeast of Palomares. Our H-43 were initially used to recover the H bomb remains and later supported search and recovery of the 4th H bomb that drifted off into the Mediterranean. We operated on the search and recovery from Jan 66 to April 66. One of our tasks was to sling load pallets of K rations fro San Javier to Palomares. Some days we would fly 3 sling loads a day. We were doing so many sling loads that I coordinated with the truck driver who had to load the K rations onto his truck by hand. I told him if he would park his truck into the wind, that we would drop the pallets of K rations onto the truck bed for him to make his job easier. When we came in with the next load, the truck was into the wind and we placed the pallet in the middle of the truck bed. After that, we placed all the pallet loads on the truck bed. It sure lightened his work load. While supporting the bomb recovery, we also had to recover the remains of of a C-124 crew that crashed into an 11K mountain near Granada, Spain. It was a busy start for 1966.
timothy gerhard, e-mail, 15.06.2017 19:31
I CAME ACROSS TWO FRAMED PHOTO,S WITH SIGNATURES OF DET 5 39 ARRWG TYNDALL AFB FLA WOULD LOVE TO DONATE OR GIVE TO A MEMBER OF THAT GROUP WHO MAY STILL BE ALIVE PLEASE CONTACT ME
John Reilly, e-mail, 12.06.2017 20:27
I worked on these at Sheppard AFB in 1969/70. They trained the Pilot's and the Fire Fighters. I was the Hoist Operator as well. It was a good ship.
Ronald Bryant, e-mail, 28.11.2016 00:29
Served as aeromedical tech in HH43B for 2 years at Hahn AFB Germany from 1968 to 1970. Great cerew and experience. If you were there please contact me VI's email.
email@example.com, e-mail, 21.11.2016 07:20
I served with the Navy Mobile Riverine Force - Task Force 117. During my one year tour I only saw one Huskie helo. I will never forget the "swish-swish" sound of the blades. We got ambushed way down south. O'Briant was wounded for the 3rd time. The helo arrived and when it lifted off with the wounded it was hit by ground fire. RM3 O'Briant was wounded a 4th time. I then went to the Naval Communications Station, Guam. O'Briant was there awaiting my arrival with his Purple Heart with (3) large gold stars. The other guys would ask me if I got wounded. I'd tell them "No, O'Briant got mine too!" I took a photo of that Huskie with Purple Smoke. - RM2 Michael A. Harris
Jerry VanGrunsven, e-mail, 15.11.2016 01:17
Saw post 01-03-16 from Larry Parker (Last active H-43A pilot, early 1980's) I flew the A model during 1971-1972 in Washington State, fire fighting and fertilizer application. Good helicopter for it time. Would like to contact Mr Parker
Curt Folska, e-mail, 09.11.2016 17:40
Looking for anyone assigned to Det4,Korat RTAFB 69-70. I attended PACAF jungle survival school in Nov 69 with a firefighter but can't locate him.
Jim Johnson, e-mail, 04.09.2016 06:54
I was a flying crewchief on a unit at Stead AFB, later transferred to Sheppard AFB. 63-67. Great helicopter, had great experience working on this aircraft. Would like someone with knowledge to let me know about a crash killing the pilot, student and the airman getting flight time in 1965.
I think i also knew a W. Bilyk.
Fred Rossetti, e-mail, 24.07.2016 20:13
I have only the memories and black and white pictures of the HH-43 . Pop's spoke very highly of this helicopter. He was stationed in Bein Hoa as fireman on the HH-43. He sure had some stories to tell . I found some models of it in a hobby shop one day and thought I would build one for him and one for me . Bad mistake! He told me the colors were were all wrong and they had removed the back doors and several other issues . I told him if he could do better have at it . Good thing I purchased the last 4 the shop had . He put his kit together and told me all about it as he was building it . We shared many beers and a wealth of history while doing so . Thinking back on that time we shared , I was so happy I goofed up his kit . I later found out he had my kit in his office beside his and he enjoyed both . Thank's to all who served . Pop's fought his last battle to cancer in 2010 .
Mike pettibone, e-mail, 23.03.2016 20:44
for Robert turner. I was at Ie Shima Okinawa from 66 to 67. Was a detachment of Kadena. You guys would bring out pilots for our spotting towers. You would land on our ball field in front of our compound. We had 5 firefighters stationed there. One old 530-B pumper and a jeep.
Robert Turner, e-mail, 21.03.2016 06:52
I attended HH-43-B rescue school at Stead AFB, NV in 1963, while assigned to Webb AFB, Texas I was later assigned to Kadena AB Okinawa from 1964-1969 and was Firefighter instructor/flight examiner. My last three years on Pedro was at England AFB from 1969-1972 Went back to the Fire school at Good fellow AFB to visit and they have one on display. Lots of fond memories.
Robert Eanes, e-mail, 04.03.2016 20:44
For Jack Douglas-- Mr. Douglas, please call me AYC at (804)748-1577, as I was at Dow AFB, Bangor, Maine at the same time you were. Would love to hear from you. Thanks, Robert Eanes
larry parker, e-mail, 01.03.2016 17:39
I believe I was the last active H-43A pilot with the 1340 piston eng. On fire contract in eastern N.C. working for hawkins & powers out of WY.in the spring of 1980.
Jack Douglas, e-mail, 02.02.2016 20:54
I flew with Det. 42 (later Det 2) Eastern Air Rescue in the HH-43B during 1962 to 1964 at Dow AFB, Maine. We did the crash recovery after a B-52D from Westover AFB, Mass. went down near Elephant Mountain, Maine in January 1963 (alongside a brand new HSS-2 (Sea King from Otis AFB, MA) and later an F-101B crash at Pasadumkeg, Maine. One of our two HH-43B's was numbered 17555 (triple nickle). I'd love to hear from anybody who flew with us during that time.
mikesmith, e-mail, 20.01.2016 01:38
My uncle Major Robert D. McDougal, flew the HH43 Huskie for a number of years in the USAF. Unfortunately we lost him to cancer last Friday, January 15,2016. Services will be in Sacramento, Saturday, January 30, 2016.
mikesmith, e-mail, 20.01.2016 01:38
My uncle Major Robert D. McDougal, flew the HH43 Huskie for a number of years in the USAF. Unfortunately we lost him to cancer last Friday, January 15,2016. Services will be in Sacramento, Saturday, January 30, 2016.
Tamra Harrison, e-mail, 25.11.2015 09:05
48 RESCUE SQUADRON (AFSOC)
48 Rescue Squadron Emblem In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander.
Lineage. Constituted as 48 Air Rescue Squadron on 17 Oct 1952. Activated on 14 Nov 1952. Redesignated as: 48 Air Recovery Squadron on 1 Feb 1965; 48 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron on 8 Jan 1966; 48 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Training on 8 Jul 1967. Inactivated on 7 Feb 1969. Redesignated as 48 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron on 14 Sep 1972. Activated on 15 Sep 1972. Inactivated on 1 Aug 1976. Activated on 1 Oct 1985. Inactivated on 31 Dec 1987. Redesignated as 48 Rescue Squadron on 1 Apr 1993. Activated on 1 May 1993. Inactivated on 1 Feb 1999. Activated on 1 Apr 2004.
Assignments. 5 Air Rescue Group, 14 Nov 1952; Air Rescue (later, Aerospace Rescue and Recovery) Service, 8 Dec 1956-7 Feb 1969. 39 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing, 15 Sep 1972; 41 Rescue and Weather Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Jan-1 Aug 1976. 39 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing, 1 Oct 1985-31 Dec 1987. 49 Operations Group, 1 May 1993-1 Feb 1999. 563 Rescue Group, 1 Apr 2004-.
Operational Components. Detachments: Det 1 (Kindley AFB, Bermuda): 18 Jun 1960-18 Jun 1961. Det 1 (Homestead AFB, FL): 15 May 1974-1 Sep 1975. Det 2 (Goose AB, Labrador): 18 Jun 1960-18 Jun 1961. Det 2 (K.I. Sawyer AFB, MI): 15 May 1974-1 Sep 1975. Det 5 (Edwards AFB, CA): 15 May 1974-1 Aug 1976. Det 6 (Holloman AFB, NM): 15 May 1974-1 Aug 1976. Det 14 (MacDill AFB, FL): 15 May 1974-1 Sep 1975. Det 15 (Myrtle Beach AFB, SC): 15 May 1974-1 Sep 1975. Det 18 (Plattsburgh AFB, NY): 15 May 1974-1 Sep 1975. Det 22 (Mountain Home AFB, ID): 15 May 1974-1 Aug 1976.
Stations. Maxwell AFB, AL, 14 Nov 1952; Eglin AFB, FL, 10 Jan 1955-7 Feb 1969. Fairchild AFB, WA, 15 Sep 1972-1 Aug 1976. Homestead AFB, FL, 1 Oct 1985-31 Dec 1987. Holloman AFB, NM, 1 May 1993-1 Feb 1999. Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1 Apr 2004-.
Commanders. Lt Col Edward C. Lass, 14 Nov 1952; Maj Monroe W. Graham, 1952; Lt Col Robert W. Soderbert, 8 Jan 1953; Maj Harold T. Cunningham, 1 Jun 1953; Lt Col Jay W. Stansbury, 7 Jul 1953; Lt Col William M. McDonald, 9 Jan 1957; Lt Col Malcolm C. Frazee, 13 Jul 1959; Lt Col Marshall V. Frederickson, 1 Jun 1962; Lt Col Thomas R. Aaron, 16 Aug 1963; Lt Col Maynard R. Rhoades, 3 Jun 1965; Lt Col William P. Adams, 23 Aug 1965; Lt Col Edward M. LaDou, 21 Jul 1966; Lt Col Karo F. Rybos, 27 Sep 1966; Col Charles W. Marshall, 6 Jun 1968-c. Feb 1969. Maj Hayden C. Moore, 15 Sep 1972; Lt Col Pasco Parker, 3 Oct 1972; Lt Col Bruce M. Purvine, Jun 1973; Lt Col Dale L. Patterson, Nov 1975-1 Aug 1976. Lt Col Charles T. Gelatka, 1 Oct 1985-31 Dec 1987. Lt Col Denver L. Pletcher, 1 Feb 1993; Lt Col N. Schoeneberg, 28 Sep 1994; Lt Col Timothy R. Morris, 31 May 1996; Lt Col Douglas L. Tracy, 18 Jul 1997-1 Feb 1999. Lt Col Carl D. Rebarchak, 1 Apr 2004; Lt Col Matthew J. Shozda, 25 Jun 2004; Maj Patrick O'Rourke, 1 Jun 2007; Lt Col Jason D. Pifer, 24 Jul 2009; Lt Col Edward J. Irick III, 22 Jul 2011-.
Operations Search, rescue and recovery duties mostly over water, 1952-1969, 1972-1976, 1985-1987. Supported USAF Survival School, 1972-1976 and 1985-1987. Performed interdiction missions in support of the South Florida Drug Interdiction Task Force, 1985-1987. Conducted combat search and rescue operations 1993-1999. Served as a Guardian Angel unit consisting of pararescue, combat rescue officers, and SERE (survival, evasion, resistance, and escape) specialists, 2004-.
Service Streamers. None.
Campaign Streamers. None.
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.
Decorations. Meritorious Unit Award: 1 Jun 2008-31 May 2010. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 May-7 Jun 1967; [15 Sep] 1972-30 Jun 1974; 1 Jun 1995-31 May 1997; 1 Jun 1998-1 Feb 1999; 1 Oct 2003-31 Oct 2004; 1 Nov 2004-31 Jul 2006; 1 Jun 2006-31 May 2008.
Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 10 Sep 2012.
Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Jul 2011.
Supersedes statement prepared in Sep 2003.
Emblem. Approved on 19 May 1994.
Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.
Tamra Harrison, e-mail, 25.11.2015 08:59
I am searching any/all information about my grandfather, Colonel Pasco Parker.A humble man, a hellicopter pilot,search & rescue, awarded many medals, multiple tours to Istanbul.... please help me learn more! God bless!
Steve Payne, e-mail, 27.10.2015 17:01
For Mike Seymour - I was also at Craig AFB (69-73) as a Life Support & Aircrew Survival tech. Our T-37 section serviced your life support equipment (along with that from Rucker). I can remember many an IFE response with PEDRO "chasing" the Tweet or Talon down the runway as it landed. It was very depressing when the Det was closed - seeing PEDRO minus rotors, landing gear and tail fins sitting on a railcar waiting shipment to DM. Never got to fly a Huskey - got all my time later in a Huey at Little Rock.
Michael Wayne, CMSgt (Ret), e-mail, 11.08.2015 03:01
Attached to Det 9, AARRC, RAF Wethersfield, England, summer of 1966 until Jan 1968 as Med Tech, 90250. I helped make the Det become operational after its transfer from Laon, France. Was member of the Huskie crew that made the first operational flight to the London heliport to check out flight ops and routes. Notable pic of us in front of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben made during flight that's viewable on Facebook RAF Wethersfield site! Participated in several demos at not only the base, but other RAF stations, too. Always felt my Huskie flight experience early in my AF career was instrumental in overall AF career and advancement; many thanks to pilots, Capts Berthold and Dunham for their early support and encouragement!
Jack Garrison, e-mail, 15.07.2015 01:15
I was maintanice officer at 39th Arrwg and later at 43ARRSQ at Richards-Gebaur AFB from Dec 1970 til Dec 1972. We had ten HH-43 detachments through out central US. We had no aircraft at RG. I have may fond memories of all the guys in the Det and at hq.
Ken Gardner, e-mail, 26.05.2015 02:32
I was a flight medic assigned to Pedro unit at Luke AFB 70-72 and then at Takhli RTAFB, Thailand 72-73.Flying in that ol'bird and serving with those guys were the best days of my life..
Philip Mobley, e-mail, 25.05.2015 16:33
I was a medic on the HH-43B at Myrtle Beach AFB, SC. 68 - 71....I love Rescue and flying in that chopper and being in the Air Force was an honor to my GOD, Country, Family and friends. Love being a Veteran!!!
Ron Hogand, e-mail, 31.03.2015 22:39
flew air rescue at larado air base 71-73 i loved the hh43 as most have said i flew with some really great men was a pleasure to know them proud to serve our country
MSGT Lichnovsky Retired, e-mail, 16.03.2015 09:49
Ref. SMSgt Davies on the Pedro mishap at Utapao, Thai. in 1968/69. I was second in command at Uatpao Pararescue section and was on the second HH43 that responded to the crash. One Pararescueman, SGT. Tommy Miles survived the crash but spent quit a bit of time in hospital but made a full recovery.
Larry Hopkins, e-mail, 03.03.2015 03:24
Hopkins,I was one of the first fireman-rescue man when they came to Germany. from 1962 -1964. The two years were the best of my time in the Air Forces.The crews were tight and did so many thing together. I would relive those days again in a heart beat.
Larry Hopkins, e-mail, 03.03.2015 03:19
Carol Kohler & Gary Kohler, e-mail, 27.02.2015 04:56
My father who owned F & F Tool Company in Ludlow Mass. made parts for the Huskie and a lot of times I took the parts to be heat treated. As time went by I met someone who worked in the model making shop under Pete Kulas and Mr. Salensky making the blades for the HH43 Huskie.
dwayne bright, e-mail, 08.11.2014 01:13
My father Staff Sergeant William Kenneth Bright was with the 43th Rescue Detachment based at Laughlin AFB in or around 1971. I have the newspaper from August 19,1971 where they flew in on a H-43 and dropped food in and flew some children out that had been stranded for 10 days. Does anyone have any more information or maybe even served at the same time
bobbygaskins, e-mail, 26.10.2014 04:59
Assigned to 37th A.R.S. DaNang A.B. from 1971 To 1972. Flew over 100 missions. DFC, and 5 Air medals. Flew with Maj. Lockhard, Capt Ames, Ssgt Newman, Ssgt Simmons, and Other. Question: In 2006 i came down with Prostate Cancer. Did anyone else have the same problems? Tsgt Bobby Gaskins retired.
bobbygaskins, e-mail, 26.10.2014 04:58
Assigned to 37th A.R.S. DaNang A.B. from 1971 To 1972. Flew over 100 missions. DFC, and 5 Air medals. Flew with Maj. Lockhard, Capt Ames, Ssgt Newman, Ssgt Simmons, and Other. Question: In 2006 i came down with Prostate Cancer. Did anyone else have the same problems? Tsgt Bobby Gaskins retired.
Dave Olin, e-mail, 11.10.2014 21:18
Retired Sergeant. Joined Fire/Rescue at James Connally A.F.B. 61/62. April 1963 was sent to Ubon Thailand. No H43s there. THAI A.F. were flying TF-28s. Australian A.F. were flying F-86s. USAF had no aircraft there yet. 6 months in Ubon, then to TAKHLI for 6 mths. No H43. USAF was flying F-100s out of Clovis, N.M. Back to the states to Custer A.F.S. Home of NORAD. While there I was sent TDY to Selfridge A.F.B. to join H-43 crew for a short time. That was the last time for me and the H43. I enjoyed it very much. Good crews and the pilots were tops. Thanks!
William G Wells Jr., e-mail, 28.09.2014 16:07
My father was a Tech Rep at Kaman for many years working under Mr. Bob Bassett. I remember him bringing home a working model kit of the Huskie. He was working out of Stead AFB in Reno. I would like to know if it is at all possible to obtain a model kit. Or even if their available anywhere, as I seem to have found myself in Reno for a period of time. Any information on this would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou
Bill Simpson, e-mail, 26.09.2014 04:38
I was stationed at George AFB Nov 67 - May 69 Det 12 Air Rescue as an Airman Admin Clerk overseeing all aspects with records and training for all our personnel on the HH-43B. What great fond memories! Few of guys I remember in my Detachment. Lt Col Butcher, Maj Roy Drebelbis, Capt Troy Irving, Capt Gammon, CMSgt Donato, MSgt Chuck Elliott, SSgt Tom Alves, SSgt Mike Hall, Sgt Mike Fagan, Sgt Jim Culbreath, Sgt Rick McGillivery, and several more that I can't recall. I was fortunate to fly on Pedro many times. If anyone has info for the above men I mention would love to receive any updates, etc. Unfortunately during research I discovered Lt Col Butcher passed away couple yrs ago living in AR retired! Also, a cool medic I recall last name Looney! We also had a few PJ's to visit and train with our team. Some wild n crazy dudes! I discharged 9/72. Big mistake I should have stayed for 20! Thanks for taking the time to read my long winded comments. Hope these names will trigger someone else memory!
Neil McCutchan, e-mail, 26.09.2014 02:23
Just got back from Pedro Rescue Helicopter Assoc. (PRHA) reunion in Colorado. Installed monument to crewmembers at USAF Academy. Flew them 63-67.
randy mcmeen, e-mail, 07.06.2014 03:13
been trying to find pictures of the H43B. Not hard to find I know. I have tons of them. a lot in my memory. Dad broke the altitude record in 1962 in the husky. If you knew my dad write me. I would like to hear from you. Thanks Randy McMeen. PS I am trying to get a painting of the husky to put on DADS car that I still have. If you know what it is let me know.
Jerry Christiansen, e-mail, 08.05.2014 05:22
correction on e-mail
Jerry Christiansen, e-mail, 08.05.2014 05:01
Flew 43's from 71 to 74, first at Bergstrom AFB and then at Ubon RTAB. Helped close down both units. Ferried one of the birds from Ubon to Utapao, with the big rubber bladder full of fuel in the rear. Can't remember my co-pilots name, if you are out there e-mail me. That was a unique flight, no smoking!!
David R. Oakes, e-mail, 26.04.2014 20:13
I WAS AT UBON THAILAND FROM APR.68 TO OCT.70 WAS RESCUE/FIREFIGHTER HH-43 DET.3 BEST TIME I HAD IN THE MILITARY WAS FLYING ON PADRO
Bart Anderson, e-mail, 27.03.2014 13:24
I crewed hh43's at Eglin AFB and at Moody Airplane Patch. I loved flying on Pedro! I was selected to accompany my Helo To Eglin AFB for the prototype of the conversion to HH43F by a civilian team. The only thing I was allowed to do was sit in a chair and answer all the technical questions they had. I could do none of the work as it was a timed project.
DENNIS SOKIE (RET. MSGT ), e-mail, 18.03.2014 22:43
STARTED OUT ON PEDRO AS A FIRE FIGHTER AT DULUTH MIN,THEN ONTO MISAWA AB JAPAN,LAST PEDRO FLIGHT WHEN I LEFT DANAG.MET AND FLEW WITH THE BEST.BEING ON PEDRO WAS THE BEST PART OF MY 22 YEARS IN THE AF.
Bobby Morgan O, e-mail, 28.02.2014 05:23
I was a Med Tech in det 8'Cam Rahn Bay 65&66. While there I received a DFC and 3 Air Medals. I recall Dale Britton and Capt Lynn Fialko. I returned to Eglin where I was the MTIFE for four years. Maj Charley Trapp was the CO. My best memories are my times as a H43 crew member. Had a few good missions at Elgin, also had tour at Kunson Korea.
Tony Fiducia, e-mail, 24.02.2014 14:51
"The HH-43F's were used mainly for base operations and rarely for combat rescues in Vietnam"
Whoever wrote this is full of s$%t. The HH43F still holds the record for combat saves.
Rick Cobbett, e-mail, 17.02.2014 21:47
I was a Flight Medic with The Flight Surgeons office assigned to the "Pedro" unit at Danang AB from '71-72. The memories I have flying on the numerous training and rescue missions in the HH43 are the best of my life. The hueys I flew in stateside were no comparison to the HH43. Hope to see one at a museum someday.
steven l sorensen, e-mail, 11.01.2014 00:15
I was a crew chief on the HH43 while stationed at McChord afb from 1967-1969. We flew Mt rescue missions to Mt ranier and provided base support . Loved the job. We Moved to Edwards afb. After that i left with 8 yrs of service.Also served in Udorn Thiland and taegue south Korea.
TONY FIDUCIA, e-mail, 10.12.2013 09:18
I PROUDLY SERVED AS A MEDIC ON PEDRO AT TON SAN NHUT AND BIEN HOA AIR BASES FROM 1971-72. ALTHOUGH I AM 69 YEARS OLD IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY AND EVERY TIME I SEE A CHOPPER FLYING OVERHEAD IT BRINGS BACK MEMORIES. WISH I COULD GO ON ONE MORE MISSION. ANTHONY M. FIDUCIA, SSGT, USAF
W.W.BILYK, e-mail, 04.10.2013 14:50
CAM RAHN BAY 1970, NKP 1971 HH-43B/F, CREW CHIEF FLYING MECHANIC. LOVED THE ACFT..TO FLY IS FINE TO HOVER IS DIVINE
Wayne Kee, e-mail, 18.09.2013 21:11
Fly Pedro as Airborne Firefighter at Craig AFB AL, and Zaragoza AB Spain. Served with Pedro at Tuy Hoa, but never flew there. Greatest time of my life. Retired 1990 as CMSgt.
John Rennie, e-mail, 07.07.2013 23:36
As a child I flew as a passenger in the Imperial Iranian Air Force IIAF HH-43F, from Vadati Airbase to Dez Dam in Iran on numerous occasions. One day General Janbani flew us to the VIP Dan site. If I remember correctly one of these crashed at the VIP landing site while being piloted by (I do not know his rank)Mr. Kananpour. I still have parts of the rotar blades from this crash. Can anyone elaborate on what caused this crash and how it happened?
Joe Canzoneri, e-mail, 02.07.2013 07:57
I was assigned as a firefighter to the crash station on the flight line at Laredo Air Force Base Texas in late 1961. I remember seeing the H-43B for the first time on the flight line and I asked what it was. I was told it was a helicoptor, certanly not like one I had ever seen. I was somewhat it awe of this unusual looking flying machine and also very intrigued. I was told that it was manned by firefighters from our own unit. After several months on the base, I walked over to the Local Base Rescue office where I met the Captain who was the unit commander. We talked for a while and I asked what it would take to be considered for the unit. I was just an A2C at the time and I got the impression that he liked my tanacity but felt that I was perhaps trying to climb to high to fast. I thanked him for his time and left. About 2 months later I went again to visit the good captain and asked if I could get a ride on one of their training runs. He said yes and a couple of days later I was in the back end of an HH-43B, Pedro 1 call sign. I was hooked. I bugged the captain for months and asked what I can do to help. He finally responded tha I could act as standby in a firetruck during the rescue simulations(where they used real fire and exreacted a 200 pound dummy from the cockpit). I did that for several months and in 1963 I was assigned to Detachment 36 Central Air Rescue Center Laredo Air Force Base. I was officially a Pedro firefighter. The next 2 years were the best I can remember. I love flying and I got all I wanted. There was nothing like the comradarie of the pilots and crewman. We all got along and in any crisis situation we had each others backs. Bottom line, my experience with this most unique aircraft and the pilots and airman I had the privelege of working with, is one I will never forget
Horace "Sam" Field, 10.06.2013 06:52
I worked at Kaman at experimental flight test in Bloomfield helping to develope both the H-43B and the HU2K-1. When deliveries started I was transferred to Kamans Field Service Deparent. I served as a H-43B Field Service Tech. Rep. At Stead AFB on Reno, then to Thule, Greenland, than to Burma, then Pakistan and then Iran. After these I was transferred to the HU2K customers and spent the rest my KAMAN time on US Navy assignments. KAMAN-a wonderful company I am very proud to have worked for.
Al, e-mail, 02.06.2013 07:16
I was a med tech responding to the call when Pedro crashed. I recall the call coming in for in flight emergency coming in at 8:25 PM October 10, 1968. We used to try to get to the flight line before Pedro lifted off. We beat Pedro that day and I remember saying there is Pedro, a day late and a dollar short, a term which I never used after that fateful day. My friend Angel Luna was the medic on board. Pedro was shadowing the aircraft when it appeared that the rotor blades got out of sync and the bird came crashing down. The fire crew put out the fire in what had to be record time, but there was nothing we could do for the crew. By the time we got to them, they were already deceased, victims of the intense heat generated by the fire. That had to be the worst day of my life.
jerry wolford, e-mail, 03.05.2013 05:02
i was assigned to the HH43B at minot AFB, North Dakota in 1964. we was the first to go to vietnam in aug 1964 and went to Da Nang. I was a firefighter at Minot.
Jim Gasser, e-mail, 22.04.2013 03:54
Great memories of flying on this helicopter as a firefighter at Ramstein AFB from 1969-1972. Was involved in an accident when the pilot landed hard on the tail section during auto-rotation excersize. After repairs, helicopter was put back into service. A lot of memories lifting off with the "FSK" fire suppression kit and fighting many pit fires while simulating pilot rescues. Still have a few pictures to bring back the memories.
dave rehnberg, e-mail, 16.04.2013 01:51
i loved that bird. was a a902 med tec working lbr and crash resuce 64 thru 68. what a joy to fly. most dont believe we could be airborn in 60 seconds which included running from ready room to our bird. chocs out, clear l, clear r, clear back...liftoff. ya..........
Roland R. LaFrance, Sr., e-mail, 11.04.2013 20:04
I wanted so much to get into the "Pedro"/ Huskie U.S.A.F. firefighter program, but it was phased out before I could. If only I had been born sooner! I knew one firefighter, whose last name was Novotny, from Loring who went to the school, and he must have been in one of the last classes, in 1972.
jeff kelly, e-mail, 07.01.2013 20:01
Jeff Masterman, you were probably my replacement at Woodbridge in 1969, which was the year I returned to the States. I was there 3 years and in Clark AFB, PI for 1.5 years prior. Great job and memories.
Ronnie Scott, e-mail, 04.01.2013 01:05
I was in air rescue at Chaumont France from 1962 until 1964 we would put are H43B on transports and go to places we were needed. I would like to here from any of the Airmen that was there
Mike Katz, e-mail, 16.11.2012 17:11
Just came across this site --- I was a jet engine mechanic that worked on the Huskie from '60 > '62 while stationed at Stead AFB (Reno, NV.) Stead is at 5,000msl and the nearby hills go up to +10,000. A great performer - loved to work on them and get my occasional ride to the flight test area.
David, e-mail, 23.10.2012 22:15
While stationed in Korea with the AF In 1972 I had a chance to fly on one of this helos as a guest. I loved evert minute. I only had the one flight
Dwayne Powell, e-mail, 15.10.2012 22:43
My dad(Donald Powell) was a fireman in the USAF. We were stationed at George AFB between 71-74. I've tried to describe the helo to folks over the years and that he flew on it as a fireman, but no one could recall ever seeing it in action fighting fires. I appreciate the verification from everyone. Dad went to work in a flight suit every day for a couple of years, as I remember. We PCS'd to Chanute AFB after that where he became a fire instructor. Sure loved being around those choppers and F4's, there at George.
Diane Trott, e-mail, 12.10.2012 16:43
My husband served in Vietnam out of Ubon RTAFB. Was with 35th or 38th ARRS, Detachment 3, 1967 - 1969. If anyone knows him, or was with him, during that time, please contact us. His name is Bobby Gene Trott. He is disabled now but speaks often of his time at Ubon. Told of a time he was in a HH43 that crashed outside of Ubon...would love to know more about that. He received the Air Medal for flights August 1968. Thanks to anyone that will respond.
Joe Fiorillo, e-mail, 04.10.2012 22:26
Was crewchief on HH43B and HH43F in Newfoundland at Harmon AFB (624529 and 624530 tail numbers), at Sheppard AFB Texas (1966-67) helicopter pilot training and in SEA at Da Nang and Ubon Thailand. Loved working on these helicopters.
John Bradberry, e-mail, 30.09.2012 00:24
I was stationed Osan AB,Korea 70-71. Flew with buddy also named John. Both Attached to 6045th USAF Hosp.
Jeff Masterman, e-mail, 18.08.2012 22:58
I was an Airborne Fighter/Rescue Specialist on the HH-43B at RAF Woodbridge, England from 1969 to 1971.
Rebecca VanScoder, e-mail, 07.08.2012 17:54
Does anyone know if there is a book of photographs of the HH-43 huskie? There are several great action shots on many different websites -would be great if somewhere all of these great photos are compiled into one book. My dad was a pilot and flew this aircraft in Vietnam and Korean wars. I think he would love to receive such a book for his birthday at the end of this month, if such a book exists!
RON YORK, e-mail, 15.07.2012 07:47
wAS ASSIGNED TO HH43-BS FROM 1963 UNTIL 1967DUTY AT McCHORD AFB WN,WHEELUS AFB LIBYA,MOODY AFB GA,SOME OF THE MOST REWARDING YEARS OF MY MILITARY CAREER.THE AIRCREWS WERE TOTALLY DEDICATED TO THE MOTTO(THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE),SOME OF THE RESCUE MISSIONS THAT WE WENT ON,WOULD MAKE YOU ASK WHEN THE MISSION WAS OVER,AS A AIRCREW DID WE REALLY FLY INTO THAT SITUATION?BUT THE BEAUTIFUL OLD BIRD ALWAYS GOT US HOME WITH A LOT OF AFFECTION FOR THE HELICOPTER,SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY IT WAS CALLED THE FLYING SHITHOUSE.I GUESS FOR ITS UNUSAL DESIGN.
Martin O'Donnell, e-mail, 31.05.2012 05:39
There was a couple of them at Da Nang AB in Viet Nam when I was there in "71/72". I think one flew over playing X-Mas music at Christmas time. I never saw them used to fight any aircraft fires though. I did see the last F-100 skidding down the runway and thought it was on fire, but I guess it was just "Sparks". The Kaman's never moved.
harold bayne msgt,ret, e-mail, 30.05.2012 03:44
served on hh43f in bihn thuy ab rvn as a firefighter.great duty
David Casteel, e-mail, 28.05.2012 23:41
For jafari mohamad. I was the Radar Advisor to the IIAF in 1969-1971 and several times flew around the country in H-43B helicopters. Perhaps you were one of my pilots?
Brett Hightower, e-mail, 02.03.2012 21:25
One more thing... to all those that have posted here... thank you! Reading all these posts makes me feel closer to my father. I wish more people knew of these incredible de-comissioned aircraft. I salute each and every one of you for your service and wish you all the best.
Sincerely, Brett G. Hightower
Son of the late David B. Hightower - Major USAF Ret. USAF service from 1956 - 1976
Brett Hightower, e-mail, 02.03.2012 21:14
To Robert Cavinder - Hello! I just happened upon this link again and noticed you were trying to contact me. my two valid emails are firstname.lastname@example.org (you might have missed the "a" in the email from what I can tell OR email@example.com
I will try your email and see if I can help you out. If you see this post feel free to try and email me again. Converting the slides has been on my project list for a while now. There are thousands of them as my dad was a bit of a shutterbug lol.
robert cavinder, drcavinder=aol.com, 10.11.2011
Brett hightower,I tried to send an email to this addree,bnhigh=cox.net, then to firstname.lastname@example.org, but it wasn't delivered and I'm not proficient enough with a cp to figure out what to do next. I think your dad was my commander at Tahkli in "66" but my light records were distroyed in a fire and it leaves me with memories. I would like very much to have some pictures of Tahkli and the "Bird". I would be glad to reimburse you.
edward garcia, e-mail, 26.02.2012 14:50
served with 56 ars at maxwell fld ala 1963 to 1964 best time i had in a hh43b as a pj wish i could go back
jafari mohamad, e-mail, 28.01.2012 15:00
I received my advanced helicopter training on HH43B at Shepperd AFB in Texas in 1966 after a complete training in USAAVN center FtRucker ALA. then back to my country IRAN I flew more than 2000 hours in HH43F while I was in AF. IT WAS A WONDERFUL TIME. I wonder that if my instrutor is still alive,I dont remember his name.If He still remember me Iwill be more than glad to hear from him .
Gary W. Potter USAF Msgt (ret), 19.01.2012 02:49
I was a medic on HH-43B and F at England AFB, LA 70-72 and Bergstrom AFB, TX 72-75. Was extremely proud to have served in Rescue Service.
Paul Garza, e-mail, 02.12.2011 05:59
Was a flight engr/mechanic on HH-43B Whellus AB Libya 1966-68. Need information on names and types of lubricants that were used in the maint of the helicopters. I remember some but not all. Any info will help. Thanks
Jens Pete Paulsen, e-mail, 19.11.2011 01:09
I was in Crash Rescue back in the early 60’s -70's, and the HH43b was our airborne firefighting and rescue vehicle. After the 57150 H-43B Helicopter/Fire Fighting Tng. course the rewarding duty began. We had some wild rides, but "Pedro" never let us down. I know that a lot of guys were relieved to hear the unmistakable sound of those intermeshing rotors when we were on our way.
bg. c, e-mail, 28.10.2011 23:32
Barry are you the same barry that served with at charleston afb and tdy at clark afb in P I. I was in south korea while you were at kdena email@example.com
Joe Leech, e-mail, 14.09.2011 11:30
Several years flying the HH43 starting with the A Model at James Connoly AFB, Tx (Pasco Parker and Henry B Fogg a couple of the key offices, Fogg being the OIC), then on to Minot with one of the first deployments of the Pedro to SEA (DaNang.. Alvin B Graham, OIC). After about 4 months there, on up to NKP to finish out the alloted 179 days TDY. Other pilots were John Christianson, at one time, President of the Pedro Rescue Helicopter Assn. After returning, sent to Ramstein AB Germany, with a prolonged TDY to Addis Abbaba Ethiopia where the '43 was used in support of the photomapping of that country and we supplied mountain top radio sites.. often landing with heavy loads over 12,000 ft. This was a unique capabilitie of the 43 due to the very low rotor loading and high altitude capability. Then back to DaNang for a second tour (Lt Col Cleave Holley, Det Co). Some memorable crew chiefs Ed Lusk, MSG, TSg Chas Husby just to mention a couple. The '43 was ensrhined not long ago at the USAF Museum at Wright Pat.
The 43 crew and ground support family was truly that.. a very close knit group of people, often "orphans" at the bases where we were just a "detachment" and from those groups I was part of, it was a small, close, dedicated group and the best assignment in the USAF "That Others May Live". Sorta surprised not to see the names or comments here of some of the people I served with prior to being transferred within MAC to fly the T29/C131.
Lou A, e-mail, 09.09.2011 22:20
I just finished a 1/72 scale model of the H-43B and was looking at this website for some images for detail. I was a flight instructor on the H-43 at Stead for three years. I agree with all the positive comments about this bird. It was the most enjoyable time in my 32 years of flying.
Joel Johnson, e-mail, 17.08.2011 01:14
Pedro was my first as a flying crew chief at Little Rock in 67. Yes George Townsend, I know you. I will try to contact you. For Charley, I have some info on the pedro crash at phan rang. I was at cam rahn and had met the pilot just a few days before the crash as he returned from R&R in Hawaii. I know what caused the crash. I will try to contact you. For Mike Seymour, i had crossed trained to Loadmaster and ended up at Pope in Nov. 74 in the 39th TAS. Still work at Pope as a civilian contractor.
Phillip Rush, e-mail, 12.07.2011 04:13
I served as a mechanic at Andrews in 1969. our mission was to cover Tricky Dick when he was in the air.
I was mechanic and crew chief on one of the HH-43 Fs at DANANG, VietNam from march 1970 - March 1971.
If you were there with me, i probably still have a picture of you (unless you were an officer) lol Anzianti, Plank, Matlock, Long, Belcher, I remember all of you guys.
In retrospect, that is the one year of my life that I wish I could relive. Yes, we were in a bad place, but some of my fondest memories are from there. I absolutely loved the HH-43 and when I was assigned to Randolph to work on Hueys, it was a tremendous letdown. While at Randolph, one of thier HH-43s crashed and pilot error was the intial determination. I was assigned to the investigation team and was the only one with HH-43 experience. As soon as I was told that the pilot moved the stick one way and the bird rotated the opposite way, I knew to look at the reverser box. The pilot was cleared, all HH-43s were grounded pending inspection and since I was the low ranking man on the team, the team leader (Super Sarge) got all the credit. but, thats how the military operated.
if I could have stayed with the 43s, I would have stayed in the Air Force as long as they wanted me, but it didnt work out that way.
Joe Coggiano, 20.06.2011 13:48
Where did we serve together in VietNam please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Idar, e-mail, 08.06.2011 01:16
Statoil at Randolph in Texas , Osan in Krea and Da Nang and flew th good old H:43b! Still miss her!!!
Bob Harvey, e-mail, 17.05.2011 04:37
Upon arriving at RAF Alconbury UK in 1975 I was trained on the HH43 that was there, unfortunatley as soon as I went through the training program it was shoved in a hangar, the engines removed and it was still there in Sept. 1977 when my DEROS sent me back to the states. SRA. R.C. Harvey 10thCES/10thCSG
George Townsend, e-mail, 09.05.2011 04:17
I was a crew chief on an HH43B from 1964 to 1967. Was at Glascow AFB, Mont. and Little Rock AFB, Ark. I really enjoyed flying with the helicopter and went up at every opportunity. Met some great people.
Ray A. Gandy Sr., e-mail, 07.04.2011 03:10
I was returning to England AFB, La. from Germany [Berlin Crises,1961] by Pan Am and ended up at Alexandria/Pineville airport. I called the base to report in and they said the base helocopter [H-43B] was up on a test hop and they would radio him to see if he would pick me up. They did and I flew around with them for about an hour, Even as tired as i was, I really enjoyed that, my One and only experiance with Copters. I was a Jet engine specialist on the F100 Super Saber.
Barry Bullock, e-mail, 06.03.2011 03:22
I was atationed at Kadena AFB Okinawa 68-69 and was the engine mechanic on our 3 HH43B Huskies. It was a great experience to watch those choppers airborne in less than 3 minutes for local base rescue. I would like to get in touch with anyone from Det.6, Maj. Dale Potter, SMSgt Clemons, SSgt Charles Douglas, SSgt Tom Brownlee, anyone from the old crew. If you're out there let me know.
Charley, e-mail, 05.02.2011 21:10
A HH-43 crashed at Phan Rang AB, Vietnam in 1968. I think it was responding to a B-57 Canberra that was returning to base with hydraulic problems. I remember the accident since I had been a passenger on that HH-43 about 30 minutes before it crashed. Luckily, I jumped off when the copter landed to pick up the fire supression unit. Do any of you remember this incident, or know the cause of the crash??
Angel Carbajal Sr., e-mail, 02.02.2011 23:21
Folks to everyone leaving comments...the pioneer of the air craft we are speaking about Mr.Charles Kaman passed away yesterday 02/01/11 at the beautiful age of 92.I am proud to say I am an employee of his in the distribution sector and we lost a legend in my boss's death.RIP Charlie Kaman..
james Middleton, e-mail, 01.02.2011 05:48
I was at Sheppard afb from 69-70;got orders to det-8 47th rescue yakota ab japan. Fell in love with Pedro 43. We were shut down in spring of 71 to go to Kadena ab okinawa the 33rd rescue squadron. We had two hh-43s and three Jolly Greens. Lt. col Roy Crawford was commander. Best time of my life!!!!
Mike Pettibone, e-mail, 31.01.2011 18:10
We had 2 H43-B hilos at grand forks afb in the mid-60's. They were used for fire fighting. They were both sent to Udorn Thailandand i believe were shot down
Mike Seymour, e-mail, 30.01.2011 20:47
Great memories, I was a flight mech and crew chief for 4years on the Huskie. Started out at Seymour Johnson, moved detachment from there to Columbus AFB,Miss. Next stop,Kunsan AB,Korea 1971-1972.Ended up at Craig AFB,ALA,and was there when the Huskies were phased out in 1973. I spent the last 2 years as a C-130 crew chief at Pope AFB,NC where I got out after 6 years of service. I met a lot of people in the AF,but the best by far were the guys I served with in Air Rescue. "That others may live"
Shahid Ali Rizvi, e-mail, 22.01.2011 22:24
I worked on this helicopter from 1976 to 1984 in Pakistan Air Force as maintenance person as well as aircrew/ airborne hoist operator. I found wonderful helicopter for aviation fire fighter. If I talk about its auto-rotation procedure EXCELLENT . This helicopter is preserved in PAF museum, Karachi.
sgt. verne romero, e-mail, 17.01.2011 03:36
i was crew chief of hh-43 tail number 848 in kunsan 71/72...great tour...would love to go back...
John C. Ratliff, e-mail, 11.01.2011 21:09
I had a year as a PJ in Kunsan, Korea on the HH-43B, and a lot of good stories to go with the experience. We had several med-evacs, and a few rescues. One happened when there was flooding, and we pulled about a dozen Korean civilians off a flooded island (normally not an island). I remember watching one F-86 come in for a super-smooth landing, which was really remarkable because the Korean pilot was blind at the time. His canopy had disintegrated at altitude (over 20,000 feet), he put it into a dive and told the Korean control tower that he was blind, and that they would have to tell him when to level the plane. They did, he did, and brought it in for a remarkable landing. Another time, a different F-86 had problems with their altimeter, and the crew of two were coming in VFR. They descended through the clouds thinking they were at 10,000 feet, and were actually at less than 1,000 feet. The ocean was flat calm, and they essentially flew it into the water. I was the PJ who recovered their bodies after jumping into the water in swim gear (full wet suit--it was cold water). So I have a lot of very interesting memories with the Husky and Pedro Rescue. I even had about two weeks in Thailand working LBR with the Pedro in 1970.
Timo, e-mail, 21.11.2010 01:25
I work on the Very last of the Working Huskys left on the planet... We have two flying logs out of Laclede ID... What an awesome machine!!! If you wanted meuseum pieces, there they are, you can have em when we wear em out or crash them....
Joe Coggiano, e-mail, 12.11.2010 12:27
"The Best" send me an email
Bob Reeves, Lt Col, e-mail, 02.11.2010 02:53
MSGT Steve Mock was "right on" in his correction that the HH-43B & F was the first USAF Rescue helicopter in Southest Asia and having more saves than all USAF combat choppers. We even went into North Vietnam as close as 25 miles from Hanoi. The Pedro was probably the first to experience in-flight refueling. 55 gal drums were loaded into the cabin and fed into the main fuel tanks while airborne, thus extending the range considerably! When the powers to be discovered this they immediately terminated this risky business(Regardless, this is a great example of innovation and extremes the aircrews went to to save lives). I flew Pedros for 16 years, nearly 2,000 hrs, in and out of combat without even a serious incident. The aircrew members were the most dedicated and proficient professionals I served with in my 30 year career. I even sacrificed a promotion to stick by Pedro to her end. A decision I never regret! "That Other's May Live"
Mike Bauer, e-mail, 27.10.2010 04:50
Flew on Pedro in Guam . . . best time I spent in the AF. I was in Guam Dec 1969 - May 1971. Would love to hear from anyone in my group . . . Det 12
husky, 22.09.2010 20:32
thank you for doing service, everyone to the usa!
jeff kelly, e-mail, 29.08.2010 03:44
I was also a fire fighter/rescue specialist on the HH43 at Clark AFB, PI., during 65/66 and again at RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge, England 67/68. Great job!
John Ferren, e-mail, 03.08.2010 07:57
Firefighter on pedro71 AT torrejon ab spain 1967-68.What a thrill
don Hillberg, e-mail, 01.06.2010 21:22
KAMAN DID NOT REVERSE ENGENEER THE HELICOPTER AFTER THE FLENTNER GERMAN SHIP! 1 Kaman was design engeneer for Sikorsky in the mid 30s Kaman was fired/quit Sikorsky for his blade servo idea the german ship was smaller,differant controls,differant rotor masts,differant power plants ,The Flettner ship pilot in front gunner in back Kaman both in front ,The size and configurations all wrong,TWO TOTALY Differant Machines just because the rotors sync do not make it a German idea, Get the Facts not fiction,Charlie Kaman had no contact with the other side,10+ years met the man at HAI in L.A. KAMAN DID NOT COPY GERMANS!!!!!
Bill Irwin, e-mail, 12.04.2010 04:14
7 1/2 years as a Med Tech over 1500 hours flying time Cannon Afb nm. Cigli Ab Turkey Zaragosa Spain an Andrews AFB until they were retired miss it still
Bud Mehringer, e-mail, 05.04.2010 01:19
I flew aboard the HH43B (Call Sign Pedro One)as a firefighter assigned to 31st Air Rescue Squadron,Clark AFB Phillippines 65'/66'. The overall experience was most memorable, but the dedication and focus of my fellow flightcrew was unforgetable. Thanks!
Ken Joyce, e-mail, 27.03.2010 20:37
I was a firefighter on the H-43B, first in Duluth, Mn. where I was fortunate to be chosen, then at Nha Trang, AFB in Viet Nam and lastly England, AFB in Alexandria, La. It was the highlight of my military career and I volunteered to go up every time the opportunity presented itself, earning two Air Medals over combat territory in Nam for hours flown. The story that sticks out was when we were leaving CamRahn Bay after dropping off two guys who were going home. We made it to 900 feet when there was an explosion and we had no more engine. A mechanic had left a rag in the intake while working on the aircraft and it got sucked into the engine and she blew. We had an experienced Capt. on board who immediately took control of the bird and got us back over land. When we hit the sand, the right front gear collapsed causing us go flip to the right side. It was a lot of noise as the blades were hitting the sand and each other but after they stopped we all got out safely, resulting in a fun night in Camrahn Bay. I think that mechanic's backside is still sore from the chewing he must have gotten. I was so glad to see land as I couldn't swim (they never asked and I never told) as we were over water when the explosion occurred. My confidence in the bird to fly without an engine was never doubted as we used to practice for just this occasion all the time. Fond memories to say the least.
Oberstminga, e-mail, 25.03.2010 14:44
Kamans are a reverse-engineer clone of the fully operational Flettner FI-282. My grandfather was a aeronautical engineer (and due to 1938 laws a Nazi party member (you could not be employed if not a Nazi party member)) who worked between Henschel then Flettner. He was kidnapped to USA in 1946 away from my grandmother her 4 sons (one of them my father) and had to work for ten years by USAF under pressure he would be charged as being a war criminal. My grandfather had nothing to do with politics or Jews and was legally forced not to talk of experience when return to FDR (West Germany). He was very bitter about being kidnapped by the USA- and not receive any compensation. USA stole billions of dollars of Nazi-era patents as their reparations scheme. The USA stole all working Flettner Kolibri from Luftwaffe Mühldorf in Bavaria to USA. When you see a Kaman- should give credit to whom it is due: another brilliant German engineer Dr Anton Flettner. If you wear or use Nylon- remember it was invented by a proud Nazi party engineer from Siemens-Krupp and stolen by DuPont
John f. Kolar, e-mail, 28.02.2010 22:10
I had the pleasure of flying Pedro from 1967-70. Sheppard AFB, McCord, Bien Hoa and Randolf. Many war stories from Bien Hoa. Any of my flying buddies out there. Please e-mail.
David Cunningham, e-mail, 12.02.2010 01:08
I was a firefighter at utapoa ab on july 19,1969, when the hh43 heli crashed. I talked to the only survivor last Chrismas, 2009. His name is tom miles.
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Chilly Glance, e-mail, 07.01.2010 07:33
5th DASF, 1968-69. When I was hurt and my left arm was paralyzed, one of these wonderful helos came to get me. It was a wonderful ride, much quiter and smoother than the Huey. I always say a prayer of praise and thanksgiving when I remember this aircraft and the people who flew them.
Paul Marchesseault, e-mail, 03.01.2010 20:36
I had the privilege to work as a tool planner on the H43-B in the Moosup, CT plant for Kaman Aircraft during summer vacation while a student at the University of Connecticut in the early 1960s. I always wanted to ride in one after seeing the finished product fly demos for the big-wigs on family day. I got my wish in Vietnam on 23 Nov 1966. I was an aerial observer in a Bird Dog (L-19) that overheard a mayday from an O-1E (USAF version of the L-19)that had crashed in the jungle northwest of Tuy Hoa. My plane stayed over them until an H43-B came out from Tuy Hoa air base and extracted them from the jungle (Capt. Dave Disbrow and 1/LT Al Whiteside.) Capt. Ed Fishbeck (USAF) was the H43 pilot. We all adjourned to Tuy Hoa north field for debriefing. After that meeting Captain Fishbeck flew us both back to our home base at Tuy Hoa south field, about 10 miles away. We climbed out so fast and straight up it was exhilarating to say the least.
lou maloney, e-mail, 01.01.2010 23:49
i was a airborn fighter in vietnam and enjoyed every minuite the years 1971-1972
R. Otto, e-mail, 22.11.2009 19:21
I worked as a firefighter (military) assigned to "Petro" from 1967 to 1968 at Suffolk County AFB. It is difficult to find any reference to this Rescue unit on the web!?? Any answers or links, please email me.
Roy Moseley, e-mail, 02.09.2009 20:47
I was an Airborne FireFighter and flew many hours in Pedro in the back and in the left front seat.Next to women I think I loved her best. I was assigned to Pedro at DMAFB in Tucson,ColumbusAFB Ms,and Nakhon Phanom AB where I took 226 rides across the river. She was one sweet Lady
Stephen Mock, MSGt(ret), e-mail, 02.07.2009 00:35
Your description in the box with the H43 making a Hoist Recovery is inaccurate. The HH43 is credited with more Combat saves in Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia, than the CH3 and CH53 Jolly Greens combined. Please visit www.pedronews.org Rescue Stories can be accessed by scrolling to the bottom of the HOME PAGE and clicking on any date under Pedro News Archieves. Also visit www.talkingproud.us/Military020105B.html for a complete comprehensive history..
Steve Mock EDITOR PEDRO NEWS
James Eatmon, MSgt, Ret, e-mail, 31.05.2009 17:58
Re MSgt Davis' post. There was a survivor from Pedro-43. The PJ was critically injured but we managed to piece him back together. A few years later he returned to duty as a PJ. When asked about it, he would just laugh and say "If I walk away from the next one, I'll quit."
Austin Lindsey, e-mail, 17.05.2009 20:57
I remember this A/C well. Oct 28, 1965 It pulled myself and my back seater, Navy F4B, out of the woods along the Mugea (sp) pass in NV. The 2 Kamans came over from Thialand. We were both burned and had back injuries. Great recovery from our viewpoint. A few days later they brought onto the ship a Kaman Hoist operator. His helo was trying to find a downed aircrew in NV. The Helo got hit and caught fire, Pilot & Co Pilot bailed and were captured. This fellow jumped from the rear But he had forgotten to unhook his safety line. He climbed back into the burning helo, unhooked and jumped. Because of this delay He landed on a Karst ridge with nothing but a Cig lighter. It was very dark. Our ship's helo (SH3) found him and brought him to the carrier. This was around Nov 1 1965.
Mike Bolline, e-mail, 16.05.2009 18:43
I flew this bird at Cam Ranh Bay and at Big Spring,TX. Loved it! Great mission and fun to fly. One of the hardest things to do was to thover with the rear gear or the front on a rock. We practiced this in order to deploy PJ's in unusual terrain. I think I was the only pilot to ever expend the fire kit on an airplane in the US. My last flight was a check flight to bring the alert bird back on flight status. You don't see much about this aircraft.
SMSgt Davis (Ret), e-mail, 22.04.2009 06:47
The one I remember was when I was driving out of the munitions area at Utapao in '68 or '69 and traffic was backed up and we stopped. I then saw the dark smoke in the distance and a Pedro flying around. Not long afterwards a huge fireball and there was no more helicopter in the sky. The APs turned everyone around and we had to take the back way out to get over to the main base.
It turns out that when the B-52 slid off the runway the aircrew got out okay but the Pedro crew were all killed by that first explosion.
R Harper, e-mail, 15.04.2009 20:00
I was in Crash Rescue back in the early 70's, and the HH43b was our airborne firefighting and rescue vehicle. We had some wild rides, but "Pedro" never let us down. She may not have been the most beautiful bird in town, but a lot of guys were mighty relieved to hear the unmistakable sound of those intermeshing rotors when we were on our way. I'd love to have saved one from the boneyard while they were still around. (I'd just sit in her and pretend I was 19 again! Lol)
Brett G. Hightower, e-mail, 02.04.2009 21:37
Hello All... My father, Major David B. Hightower was an H-43B pilot in the AF and was stationed at Takhli, Thailand in the 60's. Stateside he was stationed numerous places but had fond memories of his time in Tucson, AZ in the formative years of his air resuce career. He passed away in 2005 but lives on in memory through the numerous film slide images he left me. I always felt a tremendous sense of pride whenever I saw his service photos or when he would share his stories as we smoked cigars on his deck in Omaha, NE. He retired in 1976 at Offutt when it was still SAC HQ. I'm sorry I have nothing to offer here but I came across this site and wanted to share. I enjoyed reading all the posts left by others and I'm glad that there is a bit of a legacy behind one of the lesser known helicopters of the era. If anyone would like some additional photos I'd be happy to dust off my slide scanner and scan as many photos as I have of the Huskie. Thanks for letting me share!
Sincerely, Brett Hightower
Eric Bishop, e-mail, 02.03.2009 23:10
I love the kaman helicopter would ofloved to fly the Huskie as I flew the seasprite and K-max and they fly so great.
Chuck Meston, e-mail, 02.03.2009 00:18
My dad was a fireman with the USAF and trained on the H43-B in Reno, NV 1960 or 1961. He was then stationed at England AFB Alexandra,LA from 1961-1964 in fighter rescue. I think we still have some film of him fighting aircraft fires with the H43-B. Oh, what memories!
Phil Sutherland, e-mail, 17.02.2009 08:32
I have many hours as a medic aboard the HH43. I served in Thailand, U-Tapao RTNB from 1972 to 1973. Participated in Linebacker II. Your site brings back many memories. Thank you.
Terry Sage, e-mail, 09.02.2009 20:03
I flew as crewchief from 1963 to 1967. Got a lot of co-pilot time. I flew the H-43B stateside and H-43F in Pleiku, VN. Great bird when you weren't flying in the rain. The blades where fabric like the wings of an airplane and would come loose at the trailing edge. Lots of duck tape and glue where always carried aboard. Great helio!!
Steve Richmond, e-mail, 29.01.2009 03:14
My parents worked at Kaman Aircraft when this particular aircraft (H43B) came to be. I worked there when the SH2 and K-Max were developed and manufactured. I wish I could have piloted the aircraft I had the previlege to build. Looking the photos brings back fantastic memories. "Fly On".
gerald kershenbaum, e-mail, 13.12.2008 17:57
i flew as a medic in the air rescue service at suffolk county afb in riverhead, li, ny in 1967.we flew the hh43-b at the base.it was a very good workhorse.
Carl Highgenboten, e-mail, 10.12.2008 21:32
I remember one night in 1967 when I was accompanying a patient from Delta Med in Dong Ha to NSA Hospital in Danang as a young Navy Doctor from 3rd Med Bn, 3rd MarDiv. We went fixed wing to Danang AFB and then were shuttled onboard a Kaman to NSA. I had never seen such a bird with what I thought was a weird loading procedure with the rotors turning. However, it was much smoother ride than the H-34s and H-46s I was used to.
P. Bellotti, e-mail, 17.08.2008 12:00
Is there anyone out there with details and maybe photos of the Huskie stationed at RAF Lakenheath Suffolk England in the mid sixties. I remember seeing it flying around as a kid and would love some imformation on it.
Johan Ragay, e-mail, 24.07.2008 09:34
Can you please help. I am trying to get a message out to two of the persons who have left a message on your site : 1) Abraham R. Thomas 2) SHER AHMED I do understand that I have to omit the ( ) in the given EMail address but never the less the address of Mr. Ahmed seems to be wrong. Yahoo does not know the person. Thank you very much in advance, Johan Ragay
Abraham R. Thomas, e-mail, 15.07.2008 00:00
I was a tech rep from Kaman on contract with ARMISH/MAAG in Iran in 1967 and 1973-77 and I thoroughly enjoyed working with this helo
Israel Sanchez, e-mail, 28.06.2008 02:56
I once flew on a Huskie while stationed in Myrtle Beach in the early '60's. I was assigned to the 354th Armament and Electronics Squadron.
It was only a short trip to the "compass rose", but it was exiting! I sat on the floor and no doors and it felt like I was going to fall out, especially when the pilot went straight up and banked the chopper to the right!
I was an "instrument weenie" and once in a while we had to do a "compass swing" to set/adjust the whiskey compass that was onboard.
Bruce N Jones, e-mail, 13.05.2008 12:25
I am looking for any one with information and photos of Huskie while tested at Edwards around the late 50's. My dad was a Kaman engineer during these tests, Joseph Jones. I was five, we lived in Lancaster.
Andrew, e-mail, 03.05.2008 12:57
I'm looking for one for a helicopter museum - If anyone out there knows of any T53 examples available, please contact me at Kiwibird68@gmail.com - Any condition considered - Thanks.
SHER AHMED, e-mail, 19.12.2007 20:25
I HAVE WORKED APROX 14 YRS ON H-43 F S NO 62-4552 62-4555 62-4553 62-4554 WITH PAK AIR FORCE YOU CAN ASK ANY THING ABOUT AIR CRAFT
mikey, e-mail, 02.10.2007 20:39
It was always a neat old bird not really pretty but neat
Paul Emack, e-mail, 27.07.2007 11:12
One of the most fun times I ever had was in the summer of 1962, while in the Air Force at Malmstrom AFB, Montana. I was in the control tower when one of the Air Rescue pilots, who was getting in some required flight hours, called in to see if anyone wanted a ride. I radioed that I did, so he dropped down to the tarmac at Base Ops and I went out and climbed aboard. We spent the next two hours or so chasing rabbits through the underbrush not far away from the Air Base. We'd cruise at about 200 feet, he'd spot a rabbit, and we would drop down to nearly ground level and give the rabbits a laundry problem (ha!). The pilot would then climb back up, while doing "wheelies" and backward flying. I was really impressed, and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon!
Kim G Sweet, e-mail, 02.05.2007 04:14
I have a brand new set of brake calipers for this helo if you know of any being restored I would sell for a good price thanks assy# 9531945 Part # 9540837
ken fritz, e-mail, 12.12.2006 22:45
I worked with this awsome helo while I was stationed in Guam Oct 70 to March 71 with the USAF fire fighter