A maelstrom of fire emits from a Bell Iroquois UH-1H helicopter gunship of 9 Squadron RAAF. This ...

Accession Number P02975.061
Collection type Photograph
Object type Colour - Film original transparency (positive) 35mm
Maker Paule, John Alan
Place made Vietnam: South Vietnam
Date made c 1969
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright

Description

A maelstrom of fire emits from a Bell Iroquois UH-1H helicopter gunship of 9 Squadron RAAF. This scene dramatically captures the flash from the firing of a M-134 (GAU-2B/A) minigun, a six-barelled weapon capable of firing 4800 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition per minute, with devasting effect up to 1000 metres. The new Gatling variant was used to full effect during the Vietnam War increasing the firepower available to helicopters in an attack role. These modified gunships were identified by the callsign 'Bushranger'. (Black and white version of the same image is held at P01957.006)