Army Aviation

4 wide, heavy cast-Brass Huey, hallmarked: 1979 Baron Buckle, made in Taiwan; Used……(

Early AH-1G Cobra Night Vision capabilities, the AH-1G was equipped with the CONFICS (Cobra Night Fire Control System) and the SMASH (Southeast Asia Multi-Sensor Armament Subsystem for Huey Cobra) systems to provide the Cobra with the capability of: detecting, identifying, and targeting ground targets during day or night operations.

puckering from washing, RFU (was hand-sewn), quire

partial History for the SMASH System Evaluation

(this information is from a web site)

The first three UH-1M Huey gunships were equipped with the Hughes INFANT (Iroquois Night Fighter and Night Tracker) system which used a low-light-level TV (LLLTV) and INFARED Searchlight to aim the M21 armament subsystem; these UH-1Ms were evaluated from December 1969 to February 1970 by the 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). The INFANT equipped UH-1Ms was moderately successful when flown with two conventional gunships and a Command and Control Slick. The INFANT was used to find and mark the target for the other gunships, but it was felt the AC-130A Hercules was a more capable aircraft for night operations.

The UH-1Ms was also equipped with the AN/AAQ-5 Forward Looking INFARED (FLIR) fire control system, a component developed for use on the AH-1G (SMASH) Cobra. The AN/AAQ-5 provided a televised thermal image which enabled the crew to detect, identify, and fire on ground targets during day or night operations. The M21 armament subsystem was integrated with the AN/AAQ-5 FLIR in positioning and fire control.

The UH-1Ms could also be armed with an M5 40mm grenade launcher and M60D 7.62mm or M213 .50 Cal. pintle-mounted door guns on the M59 armament subsystem.

The basic design of this patch is from the very-late 1960s or early-1970s.

A Vietnamese made example has been seen and American made subdued patches similar to this one were being sold at the Fort Rucker PX in 1969 or 1973 (Pilot cannot remember which Rucker Course he was attending when he observed them).

Black & Yellow COBRA, 3.25 twill with loose-mesh backing, Looks unused but has some quire

Left – Silver Bullion on DARK-Green material, 4 older ME with loose gauze backing, quire

Right – COBRA, Vietnamese made, removed from shirt, wrinkled from washing, Used……inquire

information on the C-MODEL GUNS patch

A similar patch was seen, in a pictrure, being worn by a member of the 238th Aerial Weapons Company Gunrunners

The picture was taken during the transitioned from C Model Hueys to Cobras, circa mid-1971.

( Picture also in the 238th AWC section )

Martin Marietta SURROGATE TRAINER DTTD INFRARED BARON, (unknown usage), UnUsed…….inquire

partial History on Surrogate Trainer

…. for the JAH-1S program, which used an early AH-64A PNVS turret mounted on the nose. The Surrogates were used to train Apache pilots in the Bag on an easier platform than the -64 itself.

Top Left – HUGHES HELICOPTERS, early 1970s with T tail, civilian ship, quire

Top Right – Models 269/300(?), mid 1960s – 70s, Fort Wolters Primary Trainer, Used…..inquire

Bottom Left – T tail used by Black OPS (not regular Army AVN Units), Used…..inquire

above patches removed from a Hughes TECREP Jacket

( I have always associated DYNALECTRON grayshirts with Army Aviation; so these are in this section )

( who used this bandaged Tiger design first: the ASA(Radio Research) or Dynalectron? )

hand-embroidered tapes made in Vietnam, wrinkled from being in the rag-mill, RFU J-Shirt, quire

Aviation Headquarters insignia from Fort Lee, Virginia, has makers glue on bottom-front, quire

Army Aviation Development and Test Activity

Anyone know what the Latin Phrase is on the patch….I cannot read the lettering?

loose translation is: Never kick a bear in the ass unless you have him chained

Patch is from the Army Aviation Development and Test Activity (ADTA)

in the late-1980s it was resdesignated The Army Aviation Test Center(AATC)

Unit is currently called the Army Aviation Technical Test Center (ATTC)

It has always been located at Fort Rucker, Alabama on Cairns Army Airfield.

This is the functional group to test all Army Aviation aircraft and airframe related systems/ subsystems.

Historical story from a Veteran of Fort Rucker

Fort Rucker was purchased by the government for the WWII effort. The local joke was that the only thing this land could grow was the wild black bears that inhabited it at that time. and there were precious few of them (now extinct locally).

For years, Fort Rucker was called the Bear Farm by the locals.

Test flying helicopters was a tenuous activity, and early on, many of our helicopters were tethered to the ground until we were satisfied they could properly hover. Rumor/legend/whatever.. Has it that an early ATC commander flew a new helicopter that was supposed to be tethered, but wasnt. After a rather surprisingly wild ride, it was landed without damage to the enjoyment of all who witnessed the event, and it became a local joke.

The patch came along referring to the Bear Farm and the tether chains that should have been on prior to certain test flights.

The first versions were in bullion to wear on sport coats at formal functions and I have one of those as well.

Later, this patch came along and was worn through when I worked there in the 80s,

until the early 90s when the new patch for the ATTC came along.

A bit of confusion is that there was also the Army Aviation Test Board (no longer exists).

This unit was also stationed at Cairns at the same time frame and one block over from ATC,

but a totally separate function reporting to different agencies.

( I have modified the information sent to me )

Factory patch for the NIGHTSUN, by SPECTROLAB

Anyone ever see this patch being worn by military personnel(any Branch)?

Or, know of a military unit(any Branch) that was equipped with the NIGHTSUN system?

SPECTROLAB Factory patch, old style plactica backing (seen on USAF patches circa 1965), minor stains, brown residue on back is not sticky, quire

( Night Observation Testing Training Support )

Darkness Holds No Fear, Japan made, official unit ID SEA NITE OPS, quire

( Patch was worn on the Left Pocket; a smaller version was wore on a Blue Baseball Cap )

Army Material Command BLDG 17, Washington D.C.

Night Vision Laboratories. Telegraph Road, Alexandria, Virginia

Companys Official unit ID was SEA NITE OPS, worked in a secure hanger on Davidson Army Airfield, Fort Belvoir, Virginia

The NOTTS detachment was housed in BLDG 2418 of the OCS Training Center at Ft. Belvoir

All personnel (78 EM & 35 Officers/Pilots) were Army & wore the Red, White, Blue AMC SSI

Unit personnel traveled in civilian clothing while teaching the use and maintenance of equiptment

In 1970 the unit was looking for a patch to distinguish themselves from other units.

One of the systems they were testing was the INFANT (UM-1M HUEY) which influenced the design of the NOTTS patch.

( all aspects of the System could not be shown due to security measures )


(Veteran said: DET was used to train CHINATs to go to Vietnam and then train the Vietnamese and assist them)

(I have inquired for 2 years and with many collectors/dealers and no one has ever seen this patch)

Worn by Officers assigned to the White House, older ME 3.75 (1960s(?)), scrapbook residue on back, quire

U. S. Army Executive Flight Detachment, cut-edge with cheesecloth backing, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed…..inquire

Conducted Airworthiness Qualification Flight Tests of Air Vehicles, Systems, Components, and etc. for Army Aviation requirements

Tested: Guardrail, UH-60A parts, and etc.

circa late-1980s to 1990s, RFU Flight suit, quire

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, TRADOC FLT-DET

Large patch, RFU, puckered from washing, gauze backing, quire

U. S. ARMY Aviation Support Element (USAASE)

USAASE was located at McDill AFB, FL with a 20 person element that controlled all aircraft used by the Generals.

REDCOM was the predecessor to STRAC (Strategic Command) which was formed in 1966, later Renamed United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in 1987.

I. DESCRIPTION: An oxidized silver badge 3/4 inch in height and 2 1/2 inches in width, consisting of the shield of the coat of arms of the United States on and over a pair of displayed wings. A star is added above the shield to indicate qualification as a Senior Army Aviator. The star is surrounded with a laurel wreath to indicate qualification as a Master Army Aviator.

II. SYMBOLISM: The wings suggest flight and reflect the skills associated with aerial flight. The shield of the coat of arms of the United States signifies loyalty and devotion to duty.

III. AWARD ELIGIBILITY: Army Aviator: An individual must have satisfactorily completed the prescribed training and proficiency tests, and must have been designated as an aviator in orders issued by the appropriate headquarters as outlined in AR 600-105. Senior Aviator: An aviator, who is medically qualified and instrument qualified may apply for the Senior Aviator Badge as long as the aviator has served seven years of rated aviation service, served 84 months in operational flying duty assignments and accumulated 1,000 hours of flight time. Master Aviator: A Senior Aviator, who is medically qualified and instrument qualified may apply for the Master Aviator Badge as long as the aviator has served fifteen years of rated aviation service, served 120 months in operational flying duty assignments and accumulated 2,000 hours of flight time.

IV. DATE APPROVED: The Aviator and Senior Aviator Badges were approved on 27 July 1950 and the Master Aviator Badge was approved on 12 February 1957.

V. SUBDUED BADGES: Subdued badges are authorized in metal and cloth. The metal badge is black; the cloth badge is of olive green base cloth with design elements embroidered in black.

VI. MINIATURE BADGES: Dress miniature badges are authorized in the following sizes: Aviator 21/64 inch in height and 1 1/4 inches in width; Senior Aviator 13/32 inch in height and 1 1/4 inches in width; Master Aviator 15/32 inch in height and 1 1/4 inches in width. Miniature badges are 19/32 inch in height and 2 inches in width; 11/16 inch in height and 2 inches in width; and 23/32 inch in height and 2 inches in width, respectively.

excerpt from the Army Site for Aircrewmans Badge

DATE APPROVED: The Aviation Badge was originally approved as the Aircraft Crew Member Badge by the Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Operations on 16 May 1962.

The Deputy Chief of Staff approved the change to the present Aviation Badges on 29 Feb 2000 retroactive to 1 Jan 1947 for Military Personnel.

( personal note: I think this Badge was probably made/worn long before 1962; i. e., see the Bullion on OD Shade 51 badge below )

2 9/16 Bullion Aircrewmans Badge

WWII to early-1960s Flyers Grouping

He rose from a National Guard Private to Active Duty LTC,

Served as an Artillery Officer with the 92nd ID in Italian Campaign

All Wings are STERLING Pinbacks

partial History on Army Pilots Wings:

Basic Aviator & Senior Aviator Badges approved July 27, 1950

Master Aviator Badge approved February 12, 1957

Pinback by N. S. Meyers INC. of New York (single shield), minor wear(if any), Used…..inquire

( also on HTM misc. page link )

Ribbons & Pilots Badge, circa mid to late-1950s

Army Aviation Schools Army Aviation Digest, quire

52nd Transportation Battalion (Transport Aircraft)

I have seen a picture of the 1955-I Class in their Class A khaki Dress and these patches were worn on their right Breast Pocket.

made by N.S. MEYER INC., NEW YORK, double shield 9M, quire

United States Army Aviation Center patch

probably made in the USA, 1 3/4 x 4, could be from the 1960s into the 1980s, quire

located in Phu Loi, RVN, hand-embroidered on pebblecloth, quire

United States Army Transportation School

Large 4 5/8 (wing tip to tip), UnUsed……(

USATSCH, Maintenance Test Pilot Course

puckered on border by COURSE, quire

partial History for Maintenance Test Pilot Course

( worn by students on their flight suit pocket while attending the Test Pilots Course at Fort Eustis, VA )

center-row, left – written on back HQ CO 2 AVN BN, UnUsed

center-row, right – MARNE VIPERS (possbily from the 3rd ID), UnUsed…….(

bottom-row, left – A COMPANY 4/25 AVN REGT, UnUsed………(

bottom-row, right – 61st AMC……..(

top center – A/4/227th AVN, probaby active 1992 – 1997, UnUsed

bottom center – 336th Assault Helicopter, RFU, Used…….(

bottom row, right – the Crash Hawk patch has been moved to the SF page, 10th SF GP section

16th MP unit is stationed at Fort Bragg, I do not know if this patch is for that unit


has a NAVAL term IRAQ/PAC 1991, chopper has 67 on the nose, other chopper has NIGHT RAID

2 1/8 Vietnam made Army Pilots Wing………..87.00

1st Aviation Brigade………….35.00

Camp Red Cloud Army Flight unit, 5 3/8 Japan made, 1950s(?), UnUsed..(

Camp Red Cloub, Korea Army Flight unit, 5 3/8 Japan made, nice variation, 1950s(?), UnUsed…….(

( Camp Red Cloud was named after a Medal of Honor winner during the Korean War )

Major General Francis S. Greenliefs ZIPPO Lighter

GENUINE HOVERBUG with DEC-71 on the reverse, ZIPPO dated 1971

MG Greenlief was the National Guard Bureau Chief in 1971-74

If you go to the Internet you can find many entries about this General by the opposition to President Bushs re-election.

He was an old Infantryman (CIB) from WWII who later got a commission, Used…..(

(Genuine Hoverbug = the man has found the Hoverbutton(