Item Title: Overseas Weekly Contact Sheet 14045
Collection Title: Overseas Weekly photographs
Publisher: Overseas Weekly
Date Created: March 02, 1968
Description: Contact sheet containing 25 images. ENVELOPE TEXT: Vietnam - Parachutes - air drop at Khe Sanh - high scanned (not clean).  NOTES ON CONTACT SHEET:  March 2 - Photos of Khe Sanh by Bob Handy, OW freelancer - All the pictures show Air Force C130s making drops of C rations, ammo and other vital supplies. Airlift is the only means supplying Khe Sanh now and the enemy has virtually closed down the airstrip with huge volumes of anti-aircraft fire. When the weather permits, a few choppers get in. The C130s land occasionally, when the weather and enemy fire permit. If they land, the 130s shove pallets of cargo and people out the huge back door, yank on any passengers who want to get out, and take off again, all literally within seconds. They can be airborne again within a minute or two. They never shut off engines. There's a story going around, which may be apocryphal but illustrates the kind of things that can happen at Khe Sanh. Allegedly an Air Force pilot was deadheading (riding as a check pilot or in some other function but not a member of the crew) on one of the 130s that landed at Khe Sanh. He helped the crew shove out the cargo and then was trying to pull on a passenger. The plane was already starting its take off roll and the man on the ground was heavy. He pulled the pilot out of the plane instead of the pilot pulling him on. The pilot raced back for the 130 and hung onto the back door for about 15 yards but had to turn loose. The plane took off without him and he's allegedly still stuck in Khe Sanh. (This paragraph comes from a story I heard here, not from Handy). 1st Lt Bryan Traynor has the job of getting the pallates of ammo and C rats from the drop zone, which is outside the perimeter at Khe Sanh, down to the various units and supply depots inside the base. It's a hairy job since it has to be done under the almost constant heavy artillery fire raining on Khe Sanh base. (Unfortunately, there's no picture of Traynor here). There are an average of 10 airdrops a day at Khe Sanh. (1-2) Show cargo chutes dropping out of tail of 130 over Khe Sanh. (6-7) Show 130 landing in the battered Khe Sanh base. (3) Cargo chutes land in perimeter wire. They set off a trip flare--a dangerous situation since the three pallets had 105 ammo on them. (4-5) Cargo pallettes kick up dust as they land. These also are pallettes which set off flare. Quote from Handy in his note from Khe Sanh: "I hope this is enough information. I could have managed more facts and figures but due to the goddamn steady incoming it's pretty hard to  move about." Handy is inexperienced but sometimes comes up with good pictures. He intended this as a photo story but it's not. Think you could be able to get a couple of wild photos out of them. Ann.
Theme(s): Recently Added
Subject(s): Vietnam War, 1961-1975 ; Aerial operations, American ; Battlefields
Language(s): English
Format: Still Image
Medium: contact sheets
Record Number: 2014c35.217
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