ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS:
The Lone Star Aero Club
has a new meeting place
THURSDAY JUNE 6TH

The Aero Club will be meeting at:
Golden Corral Buffet
7660 Grapevine Hwy

North Richland Hills, TX

Golden Corral has a meeting room, we will pay as we enter $13.99
(age 60 & above $13.19 senior rate - note: cold drinks $2.79),
diners can select their buffet food and carry food to our meeting room.

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Our Next Meeting will be:
Thursday,
June 6th
at 6:30PM

Our meeting speaker
Carl Sherrin
Presents
Bell AH-1G Cobra

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Bell AH-1G Huey Cobras of 361st “Pink Panthers” on attack in Cambodia 1970
Aviation Artist Joe Kline

I joined the Army late 1967 after basic at Ft Polk, LA I was then assigned to Ft Wolters, TX for flight training class number 68-19. I trained in the Bell 13 (47) E model and then the G later in both primary and advanced. My next assigned base was Fort Rucker near Dothan, AL. The instrument instructions was again in the Bell 13 T model.
Next came the Huey UH-1 B,C and D models. I was trained in a Huey gun ship. Very slow and not much room for ammo in my opinion.

99% of the graduation class received orders for Vietnam. They sent me to Ft Bragg, NC. After a 30 leave I reported to 1/17 CAV. 82nd Airborne Div in Jan. 1969. I always thought it was because I was considered a sole surviving son. Me dad was a captain and flew the hump in WW2. One of his awards was the DFC. He was killed in a midair in his T-28 near Hensley Field 9/9/54.
Playing war games up and down the east coast and being on 24 hour call was not my cup of tea.

When I told the powers that be I wanted to displace the bad guys, they replied “Are you sure?” My mom also thought I was crazy.

In May 69 I was transferred to AH-1G Cobra school in Ft Hunter near Savanna, Georgia.

I reported to VN July 4th weekend 1969. Joined 361st Pink Panthers. The majority of my flight hours were supporting MACV CCC Kontum and also some for CCN Danang.

I was awarded two DFC’s, Bronze Star and 19 Air Medals.

My highlight came years later when at one of our conventions a couple of Special Forces men were in attendance and when I entered the room some of the Panthers called out “There he is”. After confirming the mission and my call sign they gave me the biggest hug stating I saved their lives by putting firepower on the enemy unbelievably close to their position.

A reminder that we video
record most lectures
and make DVD copies available
for only $20.00 per copy.

If you would like to purchase a lecture DVD, please notify our videographer Mr. Don Pyeatt by phone or email with your request and you can receive your disc during the next meeting.

If you would like to purchase a DVD of a past meeting,
here is a complete list.


Contact Mr. Pyeatt by e-mail at
don@prowebfortworth.com
or call him at 817.576.3008.