Definition of Common Terms
|AC||Aircraft usually helicopters, primarily UH-I |
IroquoisB, C, D, H or M model
Slickswere originally B models that in about 1966 were replaced by D and later H models configured as troop lift ships with two M-60, 7.62mm, machine guns mounted one on each side.
Gunswere B, C or M models (but mostly C) armed with 2.75" rocket pods (normally 7 rockets per pod) and 7.62mm rapid fire mini-guns (3,000 rounds per minute) on each side.
There were three basic gunship configurations in the 134th AHC:
Slaughter Ships - which were equipped with mini-guns and 14 rockets.
Frogs - which had larger rocket pods, generally 19 rockets per pod, and an M-5 belt-fed 40 mm grenade launcher mounted in a ball aircraft. The M-5 (as well as sometimes the ship itself) was called a Chunker or Thumper.
Hogs - which were equipped with all rockets, normally 38 in total. This configuration was often temporarily mounted on a ship when other armament systems were down for maintenance.
In its original gun platoon, the 134th had 6 Slaughter Ships and 2 Frogs or Chunkers (150 & 151). In later years the Frogs were converted to Hogs due to airframe stress problems.
|AC||Aircraft Commander, the command authority in an aircraft, generally over any other authority regardless of rank, and generally the pilot with the most time in-county, and the most experience, combat flight hours and missions. AC can mean either aircraft commander or aircraft depending on how it is used.|
Assault Helicopter Company
|This was the most common helicopter unit. It included 31 UH-1's and the equipment and personnel to maintain and repair the aircraft. Each AHC had 2 lift platoons of 11 aircraft each, a gun platoon of 8 aircraft and a service or maintenance platoon with 1 aircraft. There were approximately 300 men in an AHC, including 50-60 pilots. Other types of helicopter units were:|
|Aerial Weapons Company which had all gunships.|
|ASHC||Assault Support HelicopterCompany. which had CH-47 Chinooks, a large cargo or troop carrying helicopters, and Heavy Helicopter Company which had CH-54 Sky Cranes for very heavy lifting.|
|AO||Area of Operations, terrain.|
|ARVN||Army of the Republic of Vietnam soldiers.|
|Ash & Trash|
any type of non-combat aviation mission. Also called a semi-permanent field headquarters and center for a given unit. Base camps usually contain all or part of a unit’s support elements.
a semi-permanent field headquarters and center for a given unit. Base camps usually contain all or part of a unit’s support elements.
|Last Modified: Thursday August 24th, 2023|