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c/n 778
53-7957 a well protected RU-6A. "Snoopy"
Photos: John B. Hyde © July 1970 - Wayne Mutza Collection

c/n 778



53-7957 US Army #1498. L-20 No.499 Command A-4. Delivered 07-Mar-1955. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962. Subsequently converted to a RU-6A.

53-7957 Operated with 224th Aviation 224th Aviation Battalion (Radio Research). Reported as being with the 156th Aviation Company (RR) Can Tho, Vietnam from 01-Jun-1966. However, see below regarding “Snoopy”.

Note: “Snoopy”, the dog cartoon, on nose cowling in Jul-1970, a reflection of its operational role.

Note: Unusually had a white cabin roof, this was to protect electronics from tropical heat.

Accident: Long Thanh North. Date unknown. Suffered a hard landing and damaged undercarriage leg after which it became a “hanger queen” including a crown made up by unit sheet metal specialist. Interestingly this is the base for 146th Aviation Company (RR).

Emblem of the 146th Aviation Co.

Both the 146th and the 156th were companies of the 224th Aviation Battalion (Radio Research) in Vietnam so both attachments over the period of time, 1966 to 1970, are highly likely.

Fate Unknown