M-48 Chaparral SAM

An M-48 Chaparral low-altitude, self-propelled, surface-to-air missile system is deployed during Operation Desert Storm. Date Shot: 5/26/1992

An M-48 Chaparral low-altitude, self-propelled, surface-to-air missile system is deployed during Operation Desert Storm. Date Shot: 5/26/1992

Instead of only old-school aircraft, why not some old-school anti-aircraft?

Comments

  1. Never saw one. Did have a badass Hawk battery near us for a while in ’91. Gave me a warm fuzzy feeling that nothing unfriendly was going to appear from above.

  2. When I got assign to 155 ADA we had just finished fully transitioning to Stingers and the M-48’s where no longer in inventory. However I have heard many tales from various Sgt’s especially about the joys of hangfires.

  3. Speaking of keeping officers away.We were on maneuvers over in Germany (anybody remember “Reforger”? I think ’76’)Anyway a “butterbar” came on the deck without announcing himself, I guess he thought he was going to catch me asleep. What an idiotic move! Well hearing something on my deck I naturally swung my mount around full speed. Man was he lucky he didn’t get caught by one of those fins. Geez he was hot and hurting, but not a thing he could do about it. I don’t think he ever came diddly-bopping up on a deck again without letting the gunner know!! RFLMAO

  4. I was a Redeye/Chaparral Platoon Sgt while serving in the army from 1975-1979. I have fired the Redeye and Chaparral missiles in AIT and while in Korea. The Chaparral system did have its flaws. One was hangfires. The procedure was to sit inside of the of the platform for 30 mins with no electricity. No elec.no air condition the top was closed so you just sat in the heat with a rocket on the rail. The Redeye was fun you just fired it then throw away the tube. Wish I had one for my collection, but the empty tube sells for $900. when u can find one. SSgt John W Moore Sr

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