usa Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163

US Marine Corps


HMM-163

1951 to 2011    




Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163
The Ridge Runners, tail code YP was formed in December 1951 as Marine Helicopter Squadron-Light HMR/L-163. Redesignated HMM-163 in 1962. During their Vietnam intervention the squadron was also known as Evil Eyes.

1951-1960 : HRS-1/2/3
1960-1967 : CH-34D (HUS-1)
1968-1980 : CH-46D
1971-1980 : CH-46F
1980-2011 : CH-46E

December 2, 2011 redesignated as VMM-163



From 1964 to 1968, the squadron served with distinction in combat earning a Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Unit Commendation along with many personal awards. Since returning to the United States, a vigorous training program designed to produce combat ready CH-46 aircrews has been pursued with many thousands of flight hours flown in support of training. HMM-163 received the Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award in 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, and 1996, while Five Meritorious Unit Commendations (MUC) for the periods of 1 July 1978 through 31 December 1980, 1 January 1982 through 31 December 1983, 30 September 1983 through 30 September 1985, 22-28 January 1987, and 1 January 1986 through 31 July 1987 acknowledge the squadron's hallmark of superior performance. The squadron was also named the MCAA Helicopter squadron of the Year in 1979, 1981, 1985, 1990, and 2002.
January 1961, HMR-163 was aboard the USS Bennington (CVS-20). Airlifted the floating battalion to Bangkok Thai. Was visited by CIA reps aboard ship and interviewed all crew chiefs and pilots. Some were chosen to go to work for Air America. Several planes were repainted to keep the Marine signs from showing and given to Air America. Some maint. personel went with the planes to Udorn Thailand. The enlisted personel were required to rejoin the squadron after six months .We were not allowed to talk about this untill some years later. Several of the crew chiefs still get together every year. Probably lots more info from each individual. Thanks, Wm.D. Wilson
July 1965, HMM-163 was assigned to the USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) for our float phase. On August 18-19, 1965, OPERATION STARLITE became the largest battle since the Korean war. The Iwo Jima was off the coast of the Phuoc Thuan peninsula. We flew a vertical envelopement and landed our marines of Lima company, 3/7 inland on the Van Tuong complex.
April 1968, I got my Combat Air Wing with HMM-163 in Viet Nam Quang Tri airbase until they left Quang Tri I think August or Sept, and the whole Squadron of UH-34D moved to Marbel Mountain, to be disbanded and turned over to the Arvn. At which time I was gettin Short and ready to rotate Home.
1991, HMM-163 Composite was aboard the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) for deployment to the Persian Gulf. Squadron did humanitarian work in the Phillipines when Mt. Pinatubo erupted

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Last CH-46E flight before re-designation, 01-Dec-11 : MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. -- Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 flew its last flight of the CH-46E Sea Knight before re-designating as a Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron with MV-22B Ospreys, Nov. 30. HMM-163 is scheduled to re-designate as VMM-163, Dec. 2.


Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1999/11MCAS MiramarKNKX
1995/99MCAS El ToroKNZJ
1968/95MCAS Santa Ana / TustinKNTK
1966/68VN Phu Bai Air Base
1965/66JP MCAS FutenmaROTM
1951/65MCAS Santa Ana / TustinKNTK
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YearsModels
1968/11107M H-46 Sea Knight
1960/67s-58 H-34
1951/60s-55 H-19




Construction Numbers for HMM-163 / HMR-163 Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
58-537 hus-1 1957 144637 : Sikorsky HUS-1 cn 58-537, ff:?; del USMC as HUS-1, 144637, 09May57; redesi+
Air America H-27 : xfer to Air America as H-27, 21Dec64; soc 1967?
Lao People's Armed Forces 4637 : xfer to Royal Laotian AF as 4637, 1967?; current 01Apr72.
58-538 hus-1 1957 144638 : Sikorsky HUS-1 cn 58-538, ff:?; del USMC as HUS-1, 144638, 09May57; xfer H+
Air America H-28 : xfer to Air America as H-28, 21Dec64; xfer Royal Lao AF as 4638, 20Feb66; +
Lao People's Armed Forces 4638 : xfer Royal Lao AF as 4638, 20Feb66; current 01Apr72.
58-1036 hus-1 1959 145804 : Sikorsky HUS-1, cn 58-1036, ff:?; del USMC as HUS-1, 145804, 02Mar59; rede+
58-1048 hus-1 1959 145810 : Sikorsky HUS-1, cn 58-1048, ff:?; del USMC as HUS-1, 145810, 09Mar59; xfer+
South Vietnam Air Force (1955-1975) 145810 : xfer VNAF as UH-34D, 145810, 17Jun64; to 211 Squadron; to KA33/LDKT, 24Aug+
United States Naval Aviation 145810 : wfu & xfer MASDC as HD031, 13Oct69; soc 18May77.
- HD031 : xfer Allied Aircraft Sales as HD031, unk; xfer Bobs Airpark, Dec97; xfer D+
- 145810 : Sep13 at Keenesburg, Colorado. We are a organization of Marines who are in+
58-1319 hus-1 1961 148768 : Sikorsky HUS-1, c/n 58-1319, ff?; del USMC as HUS-1 148768, 1961; xfer HMM+
58-1559 hus-1 1963 150219 : Jay W. Hubbard Aviation Museum; gate guard at MCAS Tustin, California; pre+
58-1699 hus-1 1963 150570 : 21dec67 HMM-163 out of Quang Tri, Vietnam. My log book shows two flights. +
- N19YN : Marine Helicopter Squadron 361 Corporation at Cutchogue, NY from Feb05
- 150570 : Has been donated to Marine Corps museum, having been restored by former cr+
2199 CH-46D 1966 152577 : BV-107M, c/n 2199, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR Morton PA as CH-46A 152577 +
2201 CH-46D 1966 152579 : BV-107M, c/n 2201, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR Morton PA as CH-46A 152579 +
2204 CH-46D 1966 153316 : BV-107M, c/n 2204, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton PA as CH-46D 153316+
: 2011 pictured as /YP-01 HMM-163 on USS Boxer (LHD 4) off the coast of Sout+
2210 CH-46D 1966 153322 : BV-107M, c/n 2210, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep FR Morton PA as CH-46A 153322 2+
2212 CH-46D 1966 153324 : BV-107M, c/n 2212, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep FR Morton PA as CH-46D 153324 0+
2217 CH-46D 1966 153329 : BV-107M, c/n 2217, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep FR Morton PA as CH-46D 153328 0+
United States Naval Aviation 153329 : xfer HC-3, SA-??, 21Sep71; further unit xfers unk; xfer HC-11, VR-60 unk;+
2219 CH-46D 1966 153331 : BV-107M, c/n 2219, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep FR Morton PA as CH-46D 153331 0+
2246 CH-46D 1967 153354 : BV-107M, c/n 2246, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153354 24Jan6+
2251 CH-46D 1967 153357 : BV-107M, c/n 2251, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153357 10Feb6+
2252 CH-46D 1967 153358 : BV-107M, c/n 2252, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153358 13Feb6+
2266 CH-46D 1967 153370 : BV-107M, c/n 2266, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153370 13Mar6+
2273 CH-46D 1967 153375 : BV-107M, c/n 2273, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153375 28Mar6+
2274 CH-46D 1967 153376 : BV-107M, c/n 2274, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153376 04Apr6+
2275 CH-46D 1967 153377 : BV-107M, c/n 2275, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153377 31Mar6+
: 1993 CH-46E type HMM-163 /YP-07
2278 CH-46D 1967 153380 : BV-107M, c/n 2278, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153380 11Apr6+
2280 CH-46D 1967 153382 : BV-107M, c/n 2280, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153382 18Apr6+
2283 CH-46D 1967 153385 : BV-107M, c/n 2283, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153385 19Apr6+
2287 CH-46D 1967 153389 : BV-107M, c/n 2287, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153389 03May6+
2291 CH-46D 1967 153393 : 1993 CH-46E type HMM-163 /YP-01
United States Naval Aviation 153393 : 1973 asg HC-6 Det1 USS Butte (AE-27)
2292 CH-46D 1967 153394 : BV-107M, c/n 2292, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153394 18May6+
2299 CH-46D 1967 153401 : BV-107M, c/n 2299, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton PA as CH-46D 153401 12Jun67+
2302 CH-46D 1967 153951 : USMC CH-46D dd BWR FR Morton, PA 22Jun67; xfer HMM-365 22Jun67; xfer HMM-1+
2304 CH-46D 1967 153953 : BV-107M, c/n 2304, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153953 16Jun6+
2307 CH-46D 1967 153956 : BV-107M, c/n 2307, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153956 23Jun6+
: HMM-163 1985/87
2311 CH-46D 1967 153960 : BV-107M, c/n 2311, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153960 25Jun6+
2314 CH-46D 1967 153963 : BV-107M, c/n 2314, ff:?; del BuWepsRep FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153963 11Ju+
2316 CH-46D 1967 153965 : BV-107M, c/n 2316, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153965 21Jul6+
2319 CH-46D 1967 153968 : BV-107M, c/n 2319, ff:?; del BuWepsRep FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153968 26Ju+
2320 CH-46D 1967 153969 : USMC; 1997 type:CH-46E HMM-163./YP-12
: 18mar03 type:CH-46E HMM-163./YP-12 at March
2330 CH-46D 1967 153979 : USMC in 1993 type:CH-46E /YP-02 HMM-163
2344 CH-46D 1967 153993 : BV-107M, c/n 2344, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153993 +
2355 CH-46D 1967 154004 : Nov11 with HMM-163, 13 MEU; Jul12 with HMM-364, 15 MEU
2387 CH-46D 1967 154036 : 18mar03 type:CH-46E HMM-163./YP-10 at March
US Department of State N36WU : xfer State Dept; Bureau of Intl Narcotics (INL) as N36WU, 05Dec11.
2391 CH-46D 1967 154040 : xfer from HMM-163 (REIN) Oct2011 to HMM-364 deployed with 15th MEU, 17Sep1+
2396 CH-46D 1968 154789 : USMC in 1993 type:CH-46E /YP-10 HMM-163
- 154789 : Apr16 what's left of her now used by the Fort Rucker, AL fire department f+
2423 CH-46D 1968 154816 : BV-107M, c/n 2423, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15481+
2429 CH-46D 1968 154822 : BV-107M, c/n 2429, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15482+
: 18mar03 type:CH-46E HMM-163./YP-01 at March
US Department of State N822WH : State Dept; Bureau of Intl Narcotics (INL) 25aug11; ex 154822
: Aug12 Afhganistan
2434 CH-46D 1968 154827 : 1993 CH-46E type HMM-163 /YP-03
2436 CH-46D 1968 154829 : BV-107M, c/n 2436, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15482+
2441 CH-46D 1968 154834 : 1993 CH-46E type as HMM-163 /YP-04
: 1999-2002 asg HMM-163
2452 CH-46F 1968 154845 : 18mar03 type:CH-46E HMM-163./YP-02 at March
2468 CH-46F 1968 154861 : BV-107M, c/n 2468, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15486+
2476 CH-46F 1968 155307 : BV-107M, c/n 2476, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15530+
: 18mar03 type:CH-46E HMM-163./YP-07 at March
2485 CH-46F 1968 155316 : BV-107M, c/n 2485, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15531+
2490 CH-46F 1969 156420 : BV-107M, c/n 2490, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15642+
2492 CH-46F 1969 156422 : USMC in 1993 type:CH-46E /YP-06 HMM-163
: BV-107M, c/n 2492, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15642+
2496 CH-46F 1969 156426 : BV-107M, c/n 2496, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15642+
2497 CH-46F 1969 156427 : BV-107M, c/n 2497, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15642+
: 28Feb69 HMM-163 /YP-02
2498 CH-46F 1969 156428 : BV-107M, c/n 2498, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15642+
2499 CH-46F 1969 156429 : BV-107M, c/n 2499, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15642+
2500 CH-46F 1969 156430 : BV-107M, c/n 2500, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15643+
2501 CH-46F 1969 156431 : BV-107M, c/n 2501, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15643+
2502 CH-46F 1969 156432 : USMC CH-46F accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA 24Mar69; xfer HMM-163 10A+
2503 CH-46F 1969 156433 : BV-107M, c/n 2503, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15643+
2504 CH-46F 1969 156434 : BV-107M, c/n 2504, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15643+
2505 CH-46F 1969 156435 : BV-107M, c/n 2505, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15643+
2506 CH-46F 1969 156436 : BV-107M, c/n 2506, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15643+
2507 CH-46F 1969 156437 : BV-107M, c/n 2507, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15643+
2508 CH-46F 1969 156438 : BV-107M, c/n 2508, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15643+
2509 CH-46F 1969 156439 : BV-107M, c/n 2509, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15643+
2510 CH-46F 1969 156440 : BV-107M, c/n 2510, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15644+
2511 CH-46F 1969 156441 : BV-107M, c/n 2511, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15644+
2512 CH-46F 1969 156442 : BV-107M, c/n 2512, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15644+
2513 CH-46F 1969 156443 : BV-107M, c/n 2513, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15644+
2514 CH-46F 1969 156444 : BV-107M, c/n 2514, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15644+
2515 CH-46F 1969 156445 : BV-107M, c/n 2515, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15644+
: 18mar03 type:CH-46E HMM-163./YP-00 at March
2516 CH-46F 1969 156446 : BV-107M, c/n 2516, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15644+
: 1976-78, she (SNAG) was mine back in my 163 days. HMM-163 /YP-02 was a F b+
2522 CH-46F 1969 156452 : BV-107M, c/n 2522, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15645+
Sky Aviation N463WY : Sky Aviation at Worland, WY from Mar14
2537 CH-46F 1969 156467 : xfer from HMM-163 (REIN) 11th MEU 11nov11 to HMM-364 deployed with 15th ME+
2539 CH-46F 1969 156469 : BV-107M, c/n 2539, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15646+
2544 CH-46F 1969 156474 : 1997 to 2002 HMM-163
: USMC; 18mar03 type:CH-46E HMM-163./YP-03 at March
2547 CH-46F 1969 156477 : BV-107M, c/n 2547, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15647+
2548 CH-46F 1969 157649 : USMC in 1993 type:CH-46E /YP-13 HMM-163
: BV-107M, c/n 2548, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15764+
2569 CH-46F 1969 157670 : BV-107M, c/n 2569, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15767+
2571 CH-46F 1969 157672 : BV-107M, c/n 2571, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15767+
2590 CH-46F 1970 157691 : 18mar03 type:CH-46E HMM-163./YP-13 at March
2592 CH-46F 1970 157693 : BV-107M, c/n 2592, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15769+
2595 CH-46F 1970 157696 : BV-107M, c/n 2595, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15769+
2600 CH-46F 1970 157701 : BV-107M, c/n 2600, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15770+
US Department of State N701WN : State Dept; Bureau of Intl Narcotics (INL) 25aug11; ex 157701; 08mar12 pic+
2601 CH-46F 1970 157702 : BV-107M, c/n 2601 ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 157702+
2625 CH-46F 1971 157726 : BV-107M, c/n 2625, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 15772+
31687 UH-1N 159681 : USMC; 2009 HMM-163 YP-31
US Department of Homeland Security N7253N : CBP reg Jul14
31696 UH-1N 159686 : c/n not confirmed; 04Sep11 HMM-163 USS Boxer(LHD-4), Hong Kong
Brown Helicopter Inc N497FB : Brown Helicopter Inc at Pensacola, FL from Aug13
31700 UH-1N 159690 : HMM-163 YP-31. c/n not confirmed
65-500 ch-53e 162488 : 1998 as HMH-466 /22 deployed with 15th MEU HMM-163
UH-1Y 166771 : USMC; 03nov08 pictured as HMM-163 /YP-38 on USS Boxer (LHD-4) in the Pacif+
93 serials found for HMM-163 / HMR-163


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