They actually used Kaman HH-43 Huskie helicopters for this rescue mission.
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The Huey Helicopter shown during the insertion has a 'toilet bowl' engine exhaust heat deflector, which was not in use at the time, due to fact there are few remaining period helicopters in flyable condition which can be found for use in such a film this many years later.
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The uniform worn by Pits is NOT incorrect. He is shown with his name in white on blue over one breast and USAF in white on blue over the other as well as blue & silver stripes on his sleeve. There are several photos of the real-life A1C Pitsenbarger taken in Vietnam while wearing jungle fatigues with the white on blue name tags and blue and silver rank insignia. Subdued name tags and rank insignia did not become mandatory in the Air Force until the 1970s.
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From photos and clips, all show A1C WILLIAM H. PITSENBARGER with 3 stripes. In 1966 at the time of his death, 3 stripes was the rank of Airman First Class (A1C), the rank of Sergeant did not exist in the Air Force and the next higher rank with 4 stripes was Staff Sergeant. In 1967, the next year, the Air Force changed the enlisted rank system so that 1 stripe was Airman Second Class (A2C), 2 stripes was Airman First Class (A1C) and 3 stripes was Sergeant.Sergeant.
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