Hi, I served in Vietnam as a pilot with the second platoon of the 57th Assault Helicopter Company Oct 1968-Oct 1969.
Major Dowd (then Captain) was a platoon leader of the second platoon. We flew UH-1H 'slicks'. He was a very good pilot, I flew as his peter pilot on many missions including several FOB2 missions.
After I returned to the US I met him while taking a flight physical at Ft Ruckerl. He told me he had been selected for training as an astronaut. At the time the Army did not have any astronauts.
I read in the VHPA newsletter shortly after his death that he was checking out a Navy test pilot in the AH-1G. One of the required maneuvers was low G recovery. During the flight they got into mast bumping due to low G flight and the main rotor mast failed.
Post by fuldagapflieger on Sept 30, 2011 19:36:18 GMT -6
MAJ Dowd was my troop commander at Stanton Army Airfield, in the thriving metropolis of Sin-San-Ni, in Korea, in 1980. He had his hands full of a bunch of wild and crazy Type A aviators...especially our gunnies!