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  1. US Marine Corps light/attack helicopter squadrons (HMLA) are composite squadrons composed of Hueys and Cobras. This allows for some fun skinning and mission building within DCS, even though the Cobra is not yet flyable. I have still created UH-1 skins as well as fictional skins for both the SA342 Gazelle and the Ka-50 Black Shark. These skins are meant to be used with each other. Each of the skins packs includes variations of what appear to be the same skin in order to provide variety and realism in missions. For example, the SA342 skins have varying serial numbers on the tail, with the MODEX (side number) selected in the mission editor. Conversely, the Ka-50s have varying side numbers, with the last two serial digits selected in the mission editor. The Hueys each have unique side numbers and serial numbers. With the latest skins, all modern (i.e. compass grey) skins have both "normal" and "weathered" skins. Weathered skins have a bleached effect as if the aircraft were heavily exposed to the sun for months on end (e.g. in the desert or on a ship in low latitudes). Normal skins include pilots with green flightsuits, while weathered skins include pilots with desert flightsuits. Weathered skins are available for all skin packs except for a few historical skins in the HMLA-167 skin pack. HMLA-167 "Warriors" UH-1 Skin Pack CombatAce LOF DCS Repository SA342 Skin Pack CombatAce LOF DCS Repository Ka-50 Skin Pack CombatAce LOF DCS Repository Marine Light Helicopter Squadron (HML) 167 was commissioned in April 1968 in Vietnam, and flew the UH-1E in combat operations until June 1971, where it was the last Marine helicopter squadron in Vietnam. Of note, HML-167 was the first unit to drop a bomb from a helicopter, accomplished with the use of the Helicopter Trap Weapon (HTW). In June 1971, HML-167 returned stateside to MCAS New River, North Carolina, as part of the 2nd Marine Air Wing. In 1972, HML-167 received the UH-1N Twin Huey, which it would fly until 2012 when the UH-1N was replaced by the UH-1Y Venom. In 1984, HML-167 received its first AH-1T Cobras and became a composite squadron of Cobras and Hueys. HML-167 was redesignated Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 167 in April 1986, and as such designated as a permanent composite squadron of both Cobras and Hueys. HMLA-167 began upgrading to the AH-1W Super Cobra in late 1989. Today the HMLA-167 "Warriors" fly the UH-1Y Venom and the AH-1W Super Cobra. HMLA-169 "Vipers" UH-1 Skin Pack CombatAce LOF DCS Repository SA342 Skin Pack CombatAce LOF DCS Repository Ka-50 Skin Pack CombatAce LOF DCS Repository Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMA) 169 was commissioned in 1971 as part of Marine Aircraft Group 39 (Camp Pendleton, CA), and unlike most HMLA squadrons began with the Cobra (AH-1G) before becoming a composite squadron. By 1976, the AH-1G was replaced by the AH-1J Sea Cobra, which were eventually replaced by the AH-1T. In 1986, HMA-169 was redesignated Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169, and replaced its AH-1Ts with the AH-1W Super Cobra. As a composite squadron, it also received its complement of UH-1N Hueys. Today HMLA-169 flies the UH-1Y Venom and the AH-1Z Viper.
  2. So I landed on the Sphinx in front of the Luxor in Las Vegas! And I didn't even crash in previous attempts!
  3. This is a collection of 12 skins representing commands that supported the 1st Cavalry Division from 1965-1969. Commands represented include: 82nd Artillery Battalion (Battery E) 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion (Command bird) 229th Aviation Battalion (Companies A-D) Note: The 229th AvBn A company 1965 skin in this pack differs slightly from the Crandal/Freeman skins in my Medal of Honor Skin Pack. Be sure to get that pack as well if you want even more varied skins for the 229th AvBn (i.e. if you wish to create an Ia Drang mission). All reference imagery was taken from http://vietnam-hueys.tripod.com/index.htm Screenshots: 82nd Artillery Bn, E Battery 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion C&C bird. 229th Aviation Battalion: A Co. 1965 (similar to the 229th AvBn skins in my Medal of Honor skin pack). "Killer Spade" B Co. 1968 C Co. 1965 D Co. Gunship 1966 and a D Co. Gunship in 1968 with the Disney-stylized logo. The files can be found at the following locations: DCS File Repository LOF Combat Ace
  4. This DCS video displays UH-1 skins taken from my Medal of Honor skin pack. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aCMr7X8WFKs The mission apparently also uses my USMC and Seawolves skins as well. I'm kind of stoked at this. Can you tell?
  5. Here are some screenshots from my just released skinpack that pays tribute to the Marine squadrons that flew the Huey in Vietnam. Since this is a DCS module of a more modern UH-1 variant (the UH-1H), I have opted to put the flight crew in contemporary uniforms. Note the MARPAT body armor on the door gunners. In chronological order, here is: VMO-2 Cherry Deuce (1966) VMO-6 Tomcats (1967) VMO-3 Scarface (1967) In April 1968, VMO-3 was redesignated as HML-367, and changed their paint jobs accordingly. Another shot of HML-367 with the door gunner getting into the picture. And finally, HML-367 when they returned to Vietnam in 1975 for Operation: Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon. The skin pack requires DCS World (and the UH-1H model to fly), and is available on Combat Ace and (pending approval) the DCS File Repository.
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