Organization

We organized this 18th and 54th Aviation Company 'Otternest' Association at the Reunions we held in 2012 (Branson, MO), 2013 and 2014  (Nashville, TN). Since then we have had Reunions in:  2015 Houma, LA,  2016 Arlington, VA/DC,   2017 MSP~MN, and 2018 in Dayton, OH.
We collect no Dues or Fees and are open to all former unit members and their families.
Join Us!  We all shared the Fixed-Wing Aviation Vietnam Experience

Jim Wittel  (U.S. Army Sgt - Retired) - founded this Group of  18 & 54th Veteran with his 
website.  He contributed to its development over many years.  Together, the veterans formed this Association.  Overtime, the Association needed its own website for communication & updates.  Since then, we have combined the two websites into one.  We thank and honor Jim for his great contributions. He will always be a member of this Association.  



  
Digital Otter images
thanks to  Jim McNeill (WO  Pilot '68) -  Shade Tree Micro Aviation  - Carson City,  NV  (open this link for more images from Jim and his staff ) :      http://shadetreemicro.com/aircraft/v10_otter/dhc3.shtml 
The 'OTTER'...the best Short T/O & Landing (STOL) Utility Aircraft of its day.

This Organization of Vietnam Veterans was formed by the Unit Members that served with the:
  • 18th Aviation Company - the 'Low-Slow-Reliable' Otter Service 
  • 54th Aviation Company - the Big Daddy -'Otter Air Service'
  • and the Detachment Units of each:
      • 256th,  255th,  163rd Medical,  258th  &  342nd Signal


18th Aviation Company HQ - 'Low-Slow-Reliable'  Qui Nhon Airport (on the Central Coast of RVN)
Meritorious Unit Commendation—Oct 64–Dec 65 / /  (Navy) PUC—29 Mar 66–30 Jun 67



54th Aviation Company HQ - The 'Big Daddy' Boys Vung Tau Airport & later Long Thanh North AAF
  Meritorious Unit Commendation—1 Jan–31 Dec 67

History - 1st year start-up details (see the PDF Document linked below) - provided by Maj. 'Val' Hoey  - first C.O.  - and - Lt. 'Lindsay' Perkins - Co. Historian -  54th Aviation Co.
See the 8 Army 'Otters' of the newly forming 54th Aviation in Vung Tau Airfield, VN

54th Aviation Company Headquarter 1969

U.S. Army U1-A DeHavilland 'Otter' ...
...the best Short T/O & Landing (STOL) Utility Aircraft of its day.

To see more Pictures - Click on the Photos or Image Slidshow - in the 'Navigation' Sidebar (very Top left).




Fun Images of the digital 'Otter' from the computer game X-Planes - submitted by former 18th Aviation Co. Pilot - Capt  Jim McNeill  - 'PapaMac' 
Shade Tree Micro Aviation
  
    

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    Jeff Bic,
    Nov 20, 2014, 2:51 PM
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