This 1961 DHC-4 served in South East Asia once, with the 1st AvnCo at Vung Tau (South Vietnam). The C-7A was damaged in 1964 while landing at Phan Thet but was repaired. Then it served the 61st AvnCo and Air America (as 430). The Caribou was damaged multiple times due to ground fires. In 1975 it returned to the USA and was assigned to the 150th TAS at McGuire (NJ) and the 135th TAS at Baltimore (MD). It returned to the US Army in 1980, serving the Missouri (MO) Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot (AVCRAD) up to 1991. In Dec 1992 it was registred to the National Museum of Naval Aviation as N6154Z, but scrapped in 2001.
Still fairly new at the time, having been accepted by the Army on 30 September 1975. It is seen here proudly wearing the "Black Cats" badge of the 213th Combat Aviation Company, at the time stationed at Camp Humphreys in South Korea. This helicopter was converted to CH-47D c/n M.3319 in August 1990 and allocated new serial 89-00165. As such it crashed in Saudi Arabia on 11 January 1991, following an in-flight engine fire.