Army Reporter information
for 14 CAB
First CV-7A in Vietnam

For date 651211


14 CAB was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
Khanh Hoa Province, II Corps, South Vietnam
Location, Nha Trang
Description: Buffalo Here For Battlefield Test Nha Trang (FFV-IO) - The CV-7A Army Buffalo transport aircraft, an advanced development of the familiar CV-2 Caribou, with higher speeds, larger payload and greater troop capacity, has arrived here for a 90-day test under battlefield conditions. The Buffalo can fly faster than its prototype, carries more troops, and lifts twice the payload. The new aircraft, of the same general size and shape as the Caribou, can operate from relatively unimproved strips, and has an improved STOL (shot takeoff and landing) capability. Members of the U.S. Army Aviation Test Board from Fort Rucker, Ala. Accompanied the plane and will evaluate its performance flying tactical missions presently being flown by Caribou of the 14th Aviation Battalion. Missions will include aerial delivery, low level extraction (LOLEX) and airlanding of cargo throughout jungle and mountain-studded central Vietnam. The aircraft is also suitable for use in personnel para-drops. The crew, all members of the test board, will remain in Vietnam for the test. They are: MAJ Myles H. Mierswa, aircraft commander; MAJ Edward Shore, instructor pilot; COL Raymond Johnson and MAJ Jimmy DeLoach, pilots and SP5 Will T. Dillon, crew chief, COL Johnson is president of the Aviation Test Board; both he and MAJ Mierswa served previous tours in Vietnam. A second Buffalo is scheduled to arrive in Vietnam this month for further testing.
Comments: COL Johnson, Raymond; President of the Army Aviation Test Board; pilot; MAJ Mierswa, Myles H.; AC; ; MAJ Shore, Edward; IP; ; MAJ DeLoach, Jimmy; pilot; ; SP5 Dillon, Will T.; CE; ;

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