How old was the average helicopter pilot in Vietnam?
From 1965, around 99 percent of each completed class of students were sent to Vietnam. Most were 19 or 20 years old, with a few experienced “old men” per platoon in their late twenties. There, the “new guys” learned how to apply their recently found skills to combat situations.
How long was pilot training in Vietnam?
“College courses should be like that, eight weeks long.” After flying Hueys in Vietnam, Messinger returned to the fort for two years, serving as an instructor and standardization pilot.