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Broomstick Flying - OH-6 Cayuse

Cyclic control on the left side of the OH-6 was sometimes removed or replaced with a broomstick since it was in the way of the left seat gunner.
Was it common during your tour for the LOH Scout crews to fly with no cyclic stick on the left side? It makes sense, particularly if the Observer was also a gunner wielding an M60 on a bongie cord.

Bob Forringer, Jim Kreil, Wayne Moose

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Bob Forringer's first video from the 2016 Reunion talks about where he flew the LOH with an 8 inch broomstick in an emergency situation.

Jim Kreil: I think it was pretty common, I remember several incidents when the observer gunner took over when the pilot was hit. Steve Snoddy and Rocky Rhodes did that. Also having bungee cords being sent from home. Being a motorcyclist before Viet Nam having my father send bungee cords. I also remember Bill Busygin getting his 60 shot out of his hands, I forget who he was flying as observer gunner with.

Wayne Moose: Said that all the LOH's had the Broomstick control during his time (1972-72). It allowed the gunner to turn his body to the left without his legs hitting the controls.

Bob Forringer located this photo online showing how another unit did their left seat cyclic:

broomstick