Aircraft TAIL NUMBERS of the 183rd Aviation Co.

Randy Maiville has put together a list of the 183rd aircraft and the time frames with the unit. This information was compiled through the Freedom of Information Act request for O-1 aircraft. It is possible a few aircraft may be missed if they were with the 183rd for less than one month and missed a report cycle. One aircraft which is pictured in Minard Thompson's book "The Lovable One-Niner" which clearly has the seahorse on the tail and was destroyed within a month of from the database.

Mr. Maiville is restoring an O-1 which saw service with the 183rd from July 1970 until October 1971. Please look at your pictures closely. Let me know which aircraft on the list that you flew.

183rd RAC Aircraft Tail Numbers
Tail No.Model

0-1E

Start

 

End

Comments
50-1727 O-1G Jun 70 Oct 71 Destroyed at Van Ninh 28 October 1971 (Report)
51-4548 O-1G Dec 68 Sep 70  
51-4594 O-1G Oct 70 Nov 71  
51-4597 O-1G Dec 68 Oct 71  
51-4684 O-1G Dec 67 Oct 68  
51-4751 O-1G May 67 Apr 71  
51-4846 O-1G Jan 69 Apr 71 Destroyed April 1971? No Report No further entries
51-4879 O-1G Jun 70 Oct 71  
51-4964 O-1G Mar 70 Oct 71  
51-5065 O-1G Mar 68 Feb 69 Destroyed at Cam Ly 24, February 1969. Report Lt. Holloway, E. Cung
51-7332 O-1G Nov 68 Nov 71 Destroyed November 1971? No report, no further entries
51-7352 O-1G May 67 Nov 70  
51-11913 O-1G Aug 68 Oct 71  
51-11964 O-1G Apr 69 Oct 69 Destroyed at Dong Ba Thin 26, october 1969, Cpt. Walker. Picture in Web site.
51-12066 O-1G Dec 68 Oct 71 Destroyed October 1971? No report or entries. Pictured with Lt. Ashley in Website
51-12078 O-1G Dec 68 Mar 69 Ecklund Aircraft, 3, April 1969 S/B Destroyed? Off records after March, 1969
51-12213 O-1G Oct 70 Oct 71  
51-12334 O-1G May 70 Nov 71  
51-12536 O-1G May 70 Oct 71  
51-12623 O-1G Mar 68 Nov 71  
51-12682 O-1G Jul 70 Oct 71 Destroyed October 1971? No report or further entries
51-12723 O-1G Jul 70 Oct 71  
51-16884 O-1G May 67 Jul 70 Destroyed with another unit October 1971
51-16886 O-1G Jul 70 Oct 71 Now in US under restoration
51-16892 O-1G Jul 70 Oct 71  
51-16924 O-1G May 70 Oct 71  
51-16927 O-1G Dec 69 Oct 71 Destroyed October 1971? No report or further entries
51-16952 O-1G Jul 70 Oct 71  
51-16966 O-1G Dec 68 Nov 71 SP4, Gary Cooper was Crew Chief in 1970
51-16972 O-1G Jul 70 Oct 71  
53-8009 O-1G Apr 68 Oct 68  
56-2471 O-1E Jun 66 Jul 67 Destroyed 28 July 1967. Report On take off lost power
56-2481 O-1E Jun 66 Jun 70  
56-2482 O-1E Jun 66 Nov 68 Destroyed with another unit 2, October 1970
56-2485 O-1E Jul 66 Jun 70 Destroyed with another unit October 1970? No further entries
56-2486 O-1E Jul 66 Mar 69 Destroyed no entries after March 1969
56-2487 O-1E Jun 66 Apr 67 Destroyed no entries after April 1967
56-2488 O-1E Jun 66 Jul 67 Destroyed 3, July 1967. Report, Low pass in valley gusty winds stalled
56-2492 O-1E Jul 66 Nov 67 Destroyed 26, November 1967. Report, 1 KIA
56-2522 O-1E Jun 66 Jun 68  
56-2527 O-1E Jun 66 Jun 67 Destroyed by ground attack. See Page 77 "The Lovable One-Niner"
56-2554 O-1E Mar 68 Jul 70  
56-2592 O-1E Nov 67 Nov 67 Destroyed by ground attack. See P.77 "The Loveable One-Niner"
56-2623 O-1E Sep 67 Oct 71  
56-2645 O-1E Jun 66 Jun 70  
56-2649 O-1E Jun 66 Jul 70  
56-2652 O-1E Jun 66 Dec 66 Destroyed. No entries after December 1966. No time entries after August
56-2655 O-1E Jun 66 Jun 70  
56-2662 O-1E Jun 66 Apr 68 Also, July 1970 to September 1970
56-2686 O-1E Jun 66 Jun 70  
56-2688 O-1E Jun 66 Jan 69 Also, July 1970
56-2691 O-1E Jun 66 Feb 67 Destroyed 8, February 1967. Report, Two KIA
56-2692 O-1E Jun 66 Feb 68  
56-2693 O-1E Jun 66 Jun 70  
56-2695 O-1E Jun 66 Jan 67 Destroyed 30, January 1967. On rocket run partial power loss struck water
56-4172 O-1E Jun 66 Jul 70 Sent to VNAF
56-4230 O-1E Jun 66 Jul 68 Destroyed. No entries after July 1968

Sources: Army Logistics Database for 0-1 Aircraft and unit code WDDRAA . Known: Destroyed information from the "The Loveable One-Niner" By Minard Thompson, Turner Publishing 1998. Compiled by: Randy Maiville October 2002.

 

183rd Incident Reports

(The first 6 digits of incident are Year, Month, Day)

 

183rd RAC Incident Reports
Incident No.Tail NumberComments
711028161 50-1727 Destroyed at Van Ninh
690224291 51-5065 Destroyed at Cam Ly (Lt. Holloway, E. Cung)
671021011 51-7352 Bundle drop through smoke hit 2 trees
710716161 51-11913 Running rough, landed at ROK at Ninh Hoa, replaced two spark plugs
691026111 51-11964 Destroyed at Dong Ba Thin Cpt. Walker
710109081 51-12066 Taxiing at Boa Loc wind lifted tail, prop hit PSP
710721011 51-12682 Engine quit at 4000 AGL, restarted, precautionary landing
710422081 51-16972 Rocket did not jettison, forced landing on snad bar, motor burned out
670728021 56-2471 Destroyed after take off, engine was losing power
690429201 56-2481 Ran rough, precautionary landing, broken ring
670104011 56-2482 Stalled on round out, damaged prop
670507061 56-2482 On climb out, ran rough, quit and restarted, oil cap safety clip failed
681221071 56-2485 Loss of power and running rough, engine quit, precautionary landing, foreign material in fuel
670125091 56-2487 Ground looped, left brake assembly had failed
670703031 56-2488 Destroyed, low pass in valley, hit draft and gusts, stalled
670316051 56-2492 Normal landing, main tail leaf broke
671050011 56-2492 Destroyed, report indicates 1 KIA
670920011 56-2522 Engine began running rough, 2 plugs failed
670626021 56-2527 Destroyed on take-off, hit beam next to runway
671120201 56-2592 Destroyed on landing, bounced and nosed over
671102011 56-2623 Pilot smelled gas and suspected fuel leak, landed on dirt road
670116171 56-2645 Engine ran rough in flight, landed, fouled spark plug
670316041 56-2645 Right brake locked due to foreign object at Ban Me Thout
680319021 56-2655 Ground loop on landing
670131121 56-2662 On landing main tail leaf spring broke
670705031 56-2686 On landing gust ballooned aircraft, bent right gear
700223041 56-2686 In flight, battery caught fire, pilot used extinguisher to put fire out
670307151 56-2688 Oil pressure drop to zero, relief spring failed
670208151 56-2691 On visual recon mission, crashed into side of hill and burned, 2 KIA
680321041 56-2692 During landing roll with gusty winds, aircraft ground looped
670809051 56-2693 On test flight chip detector came on, precautionary landing
700223051 56-2693 Engine running rough then quit, landed on highway, no damage, left mag failed
670130021 56-2695 Destroyed on rocket run, lost power, struck water, 1 KIA, 1 injured

 Information tabulated by cross reference of Army Logistics Database and unit code WDDRAA and O-1 incident summary reports from 1967 to 1971. Summary reports provided courtesy of Minard Thomnpson, historian IBDA (International Birddog Association), compiled by Randy Maiville of IBDA on 10/02.