Project - Marine Helicopter 145810
was flown by every Marine SHUFLY Squadron in Vietnam from the
day HMM 362 secretly flew into Soc Trang on 4/15/62. It was
then passed to rotating squadrons HMM 163, HMM 162, HMM 261,
HMM 361, and HMM 364. The officers and enlisted men of HMM 364
then trained Vietnamese Pilots and Crews and handed this aircraft
to them in July 1964, where it was flown for four years until
it finally found its way back the United States to the Bone
Yard at Davis Monthan AFB on 10/20/69. This helicopter flew
in every Shufly squadron with the exception of HMM 365, which
served a tour in Vietnam after this helicopter was given to
the Vietnamese Air Force. HMM 365 was the last squadron operating
under the code name Shufly, which ended in early 1965, when
Marine and Army ground forces entered the Vietnam War. Many
of these squadrons gallantly served second and third tours in
Vietnam after the end of the operation code named OPERATION
remained in storage in Tucson Arizona for the next 20 to 25
years until it was acquired by a true Patriot and supporter
of the Marine Corps, Mr. Gerald Hail, who moved the aircraft
to Inola, Oklahoma. The aircraft sat there nearly untouched
for another fifteen years, acquiring the nickname "The Ghost."
In March of 2012, the 50th Anniversary of Operation Shufly,
Hail donated this helicopter to USMC SHUFLY HELICOPTER FLIGHT
ASSOCIATION INC. Our goal is to restore this helicopter and
record and preserve its valiant record for future generations.
Please join us as we Revive The Ghost!
has over 100 combat patches and a history only our Enlisted
Crew Chiefs and Mechanics can provide. Only they can provide
the YL, YP, YS, EM, YN, and YK squadron side number used by
each individual squadron to identify this helicopter. The photograph
above, of the aircraft still bearing the faded star and bars
of the Vietnamese Air Force, shows the battle damage highlighted
with white dots to better see the massive damage this proud
bird endured. How many troops were safely returned to their
operation Airfield or Base after a combat flight? With the amount
of hits this helicopter sustained in the transmission and tail
section area, it must have had to be returned to its squadron
repair facility by an S-53 or some heavy helicopter.
information on this aircraft's amazing history is gathered,
it will be shared here. If you have information on this aircraft
to share, please contact our organization.