Most of the time when we took cattle to the camps we loaded them on the C-123's.
I think that at Rang Rang we took them in the C7A (BOU's), landed and taxied to about mid-way down the strip.
We shoved the cattle out the back and the pilot took off.
It took us about 4 minutes and we were back in the air.
We did this about once every other week.
We watched them chase the cattle from the air.
We did it a couple time with the Aussie's, Now that was a thrill ride.
Hi-up, straight down, land, roll a few feet, never stop, shove out the cattle.
Roll a few more feet. Then straight up.
Maybe 1-2 minutes on the ground.
I flew with them to several places.
They just shoved stuff off the ramp onto the landing strip.
If you want to get off, you thru off your stuff and jumped off the ramp.
If you wanted on, throw your stuff on the ramp and they would try to drag you on.
Not everyone made it. They would just throw there stuff off the ramp as they took off.
The Aussies were never on the ground very long any where we landed. Except for Dalat. To load cattle, go to town, and BS/Tell stories. We gave them watermelons. They loved watermelons. They gave us some kind of biscuit. Carried it around for days chewing on it. I think they just flew around Vietnam on there own schedule that they made up as they went.
I have several Aussie Bou stories............maybe later.
I don't remember ever leaving the Bou at any time on cattle runs.
I do remember the VC mortars and them shooting at us.
There was never any Air Force mobility guys there on any of the the strip that I remember.
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