The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum launched its first "Picnic With A Pilot" series June 8, 2013 during Open Cockpit Days. The first amazing pilot featured in the series was Distinguished Flying Cross, CWO-3 Dan King. He has an amazing story - with 1600 combat flying hours, 825 combat missions and was shot down three times!
Name: Dannie C. King
Rank: Chief Warrant Officer 3
Time in Service: March 1968 to April 1972
[Enlisted E-5, then became a Warrant Officer in February 1969]
Served in Vietnam with the 240th Assault Helicopter Company 1969 - 1970
King flew a number of aircraft during his time in Vietnam, including the OH-13, Huey UH-1 D/H Slicks and UH-1 B/C armed gun ships. He has 700 training hours and general flying assignments; and 1,600 Combat Flying Hours
His military awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal - 33 Awards, Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Battle Stars, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm Device [Individual] and a Vietnamese Civil Action Medal [Individual].
The "PICNIC WITH A PILOT" presentations held are during open cockpit days. The presentation lasts 30 - 45 minutes with a 15 minute Q&A period. Pilots are asked to discuss anything memorable from their career.
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