(Al Ternes/Stars and Stripes)

Somewhere in Korea, November 1955: Capt. Virginia Brown, chief nurse at the quonset hut hospital adjecent to the 54th Medical Detachment’s air ambulance helicopter field, adjusts the leg bandage of a wounded soldier.

Some of her patients were delivered to the hospital by air, strapped and wrapped to the outside of a “bubble chopper,” a Bell H-13 Sioux helicopter. “A few soldiers are nervous after flying outside the choppers,” Brown noted in the 1955 Stars and Stripes article on the so-called “bubble rides,” “but most of them don’t care whether they’re in the air or not.”

Read the original article and check out a photo of the bubble ride here.

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