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From late 1968 through the spring of 1970, the 'Black Knights' of the Navy's Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Four (HS-4) participated in and pioneered techniques for the Apollo capsule recoveries. HS-4 was on scene for Apollo missions 8, 10, 11, 12, and 13.  The helicopter's flight number was changed from '66' to '740' (The Navy had switched to a three number squadron designator - but the chopper was repainted with the number '66' for each recovery thereafter for public relations reasons).  

For their efforts, the members of HS-4 received the Navy's Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon, the service's third highest unit citation.

Helicopter 66 hovering over the Apollo 10 command module "Charlie Brown" & crew

Recovery: Dec 27, 1968Recovery: May 29, 1969Recovery: July 24, 1969Recovery: Nov 24, 1969Recovery: April 17, 1970

Recovery Pilot:

CDR Donald S. Jones

Recovery Pilot:

CDR Chuck B. Smiley

Recovery Pilot:

CDR Donald S. Jones

Recovery Pilot:

CDR Warren E. Aut

Recovery Pilot:

CDR Chuck B. Smiley

Vessel: USS Yorktown, CVS-10Vessel: USS Princeton, LPH-5Vessel: USS Hornet, CVS-12Vessel: USS Hornet, CVS-12Vessel: USS Iwo Jima, LPH-2
@ 86' N-1651' W@ 152' S-16439' W@ 1319' N-169 9' W@ 1547' S-1659' W@ 2138' S-16521' W

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