This is the long promised "Publications" page. It is my desire to greatly expand this so I'm asking for help. What is here is partly written by me (the first four newsletters) and the rest is things I have found online or had mailed to me. If you send me an old newsletter or yearbook I will scan it and get it back to you. The copy that I have is then run through Photoshop before it is put up on the site. For example, there is a 1971 yearbook that I have never been able to rundown. There may be more yearbooks from Hawaii. These are fascinating. We are really able to look into the unit and its workings. If you don't want to send your property to me, then take it to an Office Depot or something simililar and have it scanned and I will work wih the file. I want to greatly expand this page.

 

newsletter-winter-1999

Download. This is the first ever Hillclimber Press newsletter. There is an ad in here for the first Hillclimber reunion in August 2000.

Fall 2000 Hillclimber newsletter

This is the first Hillclimber newsletter put out after the first Hillclimber reunion in Dallas in August of 2000. At this time only 101 Hillclimber veterans had been located and twenty-one of them attended.

Paul Berg article link

This article is a very well written account of how the "lost" Hillclimber history was originally recovered. It was really an accident as these three pages point out. I will cover more of the story when I put the Publications page up shortly.

Hillclimber Notes link

There are two types of newsletters that the Hillclimber Association puts out: One is named the "Hillclimber Press" and the other one is called "Hillclimber Notes." This is an example of "Hillclimber Notes" from 2004. Many of the articles originally appeared in The Honolulu Advertiser and are reproduced here with permission from the paper.

Hill B Co 2000 newsletter button

This is a newsletter from the current unit that is about eighteen years old. It actually predates the events of 9/11 and shows a period of history when the Hillclimbers were at peace.

Hill 2010 Newsletter

This newsletter was an insert in the 2010 Reunion invitation. Download

Newsletter from B Company 214th Aviation Regiment 2001

This is a newsletter from the current unit that is about seventeen years old. It actually predates the events of 9/11 and shows a period of history when the Hillclimbers were at peace.

1970 Hillclimber Yearbook link

This yearbook comes from Diane VanNostrand. She is the sister of Hillclimber Mike TenEyck. The original text, typos and all, are preserved in the restored version of this book. The format of this PDF file is in "book format" style. Here is the home printer friendly version: Download.

1972 Hillclimber year book

This is the first Hillclimber yearbook to be displayed on the site. I have a connection to two more - 1971 and 1978. They will be up as soon as I secure the images.. This file is approximately 8.5 megs and will take a minute or so to download if you have a high speed internet connection. If you are using dial up, then allow more time.

These books are a real snapshot of time and give names and images to our history.

The yearbook icon above will take you to a "book format" type document. For a home printer friendly version download here: Printer friendly version.

1972 Hillclimber year book

This yearbook comes to us from William Rung who is featured in this book. The file size is 10.2 megs so allow for the necessary download time. I will post more information about this book in the near future. For a home printer friendly version download here: Printer frienly version. Large file. Allow extra time to download or save file to your computer.

Link to CH-47A model handbook

3 /11/10: Download. This is an eight meg download of a publication that Sy Berdux keep among his war related items. It is an early ground unit commanders' utilization handbook for the CH-47 A Model. This could well be the first attempt at such a publication. The primary purpose for the Chinook was as a transport vehicle for the "Honest John" rocket. The truth is that the CH-47 was a "throw away" transport system for that missle. The idea was that in the event of a war with the Soviets, the CH-47s would fly east out of West Germany and put the limited range Honest John within range of Moscow. What they were going to do for gas for the return trip was never made clear. The Chinook wound up being used in the secondary rolls that had been designed to help get the funding justified before Congress. A similiar funding situation existed with the Space Schuttle program and the "Ozone hole" that needed to be studied according to NASA and other scientific interest groups. This was the crisis dejour at the time and Congress had to save the world. Interesting that since the Space Schuttle program has been ended we never hear anymore about the "Ozone hole." The Ozone hole and the fact that we were all going to die from it was always in the news during late August and September just in time for that years Congressional budget negotiations.

Link to CH-47A Legacy pamphlet

12/5/18: This is an 10.7 meg download. Give it extra time or download it to your machine. I found this publication one day when I was searching the web. It is a very detailed story of US Army tandum rotor helicopter development that eventually led to the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. It also has as complete a tailnumber history as I have ever seen. If you crewed a Chinook sometime in your life you should be able to find it in this pamphlet. This is the link to the download. The PDF is 142 pages long. If you are going to print it be sure your printer is supplied with sufficient ink or toner, whatever you use, and the paper tray is full. Take the finished product to an Office Max type location and have them bind it for you unless you know what you are doing and can handle it at home or work.