Army Reporter information
for 269 CAB
101 AVN 101 ABN

For date 680120

269 CAB was a US Army unit
101 AVN 101 ABN was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
Hau Nghia Province, III Corps, South Vietnam
Location, Cu Chi
Description: The following is an edited version of an article titled "For In-Country Training 1st Avn Helps 101st" dated 20 Jan 1968. The 269th CAB recently conducted an accelerated in-country helicopter course for 14 pilots of the newly arrived 101st CAB. The 269th Assistant Operations Officer, MAJ Jack M. McKnight, explained that the two-week course was divided into two blocks of instruction and each utilized the valuable experiences learned by trained combat pilots. The first block of instruction, which lasted one day, included a briefing on medevac procedures, the description and location of local airfields, an artillery procedure orientation, a class on in-flight emergency procedures and a test to verify the pilot's flying ability. The following 13 days were devoted entirely to flying combat assault missions with instructor companies. The students, recent flight school graduates, received at least 60 hours of flying time during this period. Warrant officers of the 101st AVN Bn were divided into two teams consisting of four and ten men respectively. The smaller team concentrated on flying gunships in combat, while the second team trained to fly troop-carrying helicopters under assault conditions. McKnight said, "We realized that we couldn't make them into seasoned pilots in such a short period of time, but we did give them the basic knowledge required to fly under combat conditions.
Comments: MAJ McKnight, Jack M.; 269 CAB S-3; ;

The source for this information was 6801AR.AVN supplied by Les Hines

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