The 131st lost more men and aircraft than all the other Mohawk units combined. Incredible loses. I flew over 500 combat missions as a unit pilot, then IP then the unit SIP on my second tour. On our shack we used as a "club" was a wall of lost Mohawk pilots with the saying that "Someday the world will know what a handful of Army pilots in black flight suits really did."
And with lost unit Mohawks all over Laos, we never, ever, got a single person back. Go down in Laos you disappeared, forever. Ditto in North Vietnam--launch on a solo night flight, single ship, and never be heard from again.
Thank you so much for depicting the old glory days...
Damn OV-1 Mohawk. Twin engine three tailed recon airplane flown by the US Army. They came in three versions, IR, Flir and photo. At times we would get imagery from them. Now what many do not know is there was in 1972 a project utilizing them. I ran across it after school when we had to go to Ft. Myers to test it out.
If I remember rightly it was a nice stable platform.
My dad was rather partial to the OV-10 Bronco himself. He said it was a hoot to either fly in, or fly. He's the guy everyone gives weird looks to on roller coasters for giggling, so yeah.