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  1. Loach Driver

    Operation Gothic Serpent Aircraft references

    We have got to start getting paid a consultancy fee from that website! 😉 LD.
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    AH-6C, MH-6 photos from AH6C-SIP-PICS ARE BACK!

    I paid a recent trip to the American Helicopter Museum and discovered a document that featured the Kurt Muse rescue mission. It stated that the two AH-6 Little Birds that flew top-cover for the MH-6s that landed at the prison complex used the call-signs "Air Papa 06" and "Air Papa 07". It also mentions that 06 was "unofficially designated" "Iron Maiden" while 07 was designated "Bad Company". Could "Bad Company" and "Iron Maiden" be nicknames or artwork applied to these individual Little Birds? It seems possible given that artwork that is apparent on the Gothic Serpent Little Birds. LD.
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    UH-61 Almost the one

    Thanks for posting up the pic. The UH-61 was an interesting design. LD.
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    CH-46 blade folding

    I spoke with a former Vertol engineer who volunteers at the American Helicopter Museum today, during a visit and put your question to him. He said that there is no master blade. Whatever blade is over the fuselage serves as the master blade and the other two fold around it. In fact, he said all three blades go through a certain degree of folding during the process. The swash plate has to be tilted to a certain angle to facilitate folding too. I hope this helps. LD.
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    Some Pics from Army Flight Test...

    Hi. Yes, my main area of interest is the testing carried out in relation to the LAAV program. I seem to recall that the DTIC website had a link to the title and synopsis of the report but the PDF for the actual report was not linked. That might indicate that DTIC never received the actual full report. This is the synopsis I saved from DTIC (at least I am pretty sure it was DTIC). I can't find the link to this report now, sadly. "FLEET OPERATIONAL INVESTIGATION OF THE YOH-6A HELICOPTER AS A LAAV (LIGHT AIRBORNE ASW VEHICLE) Abstract: The YOH-6A helicopter and the USS HAWKINS (DD 873) FRAM 1 destroyer were provided to conduct this investigation into the feasibility of light-manned helicopter operations from FRAM destroyers. Results indicated that manned helicopter flight operations and organizational level maintenance are feasible on FRAM I destroyers. However, further operational tests will be necessary when the potential LAAV (Light Airborne ASW Vehicle) is selected. Project operations were conducted by Air Development Squadron 1 in the Key West, Florida and Newport, Rhode Island operating areas from 29 May to 11 August 1967. Report Date: 17 November 1967" The three solid pieces of information I have are the serial for the helicopter itself, the ship name and VX-1 being the squadron concerned. I might try to get someone in the USA to submit an FOIA for me and perhaps that request will unearth the report or more information. The other helicopter I am trying to get info on is N9009F. This was the first ASW-configured company demonstrator/prototype Hughes 500. Photos exist of it on the helideck of the USS O'Brien, probably from around 1969. It may simply be that Hughes requested a photo-op for their helicopter on a Navy vessel or perhaps the Navy carried out a short sea-trial with the 500. They may have facilitated that because they saw the 500 as suitable for FMS sales to friendly nations, such as Spain. Perhaps a Navy test report exists in relation to this helicopter and the USS O'Brien and it is also likely that Hughes would have compiled various test reports for this helicopter. Where any company test reports are now is anyone's guess. Boeing may have something in their historical archives but there is no access to that for researchers, as far as I can tell. I have heard that a huge amount of documentation was dumped when Hughes moved from Culver City to Mesa in 1882/83 and it's likely that documentation and test reports were lost at that time, sadly. I will keep digging. Thanks. LD.
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    Some Pics from Army Flight Test...

    Thanks for that info. It looks like there is a strong chance that the report I am looking for no longer exists or at least is not available to the public. I'll keep digging, Thanks. LD.
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    Some Pics from Army Flight Test...

    Apologies for what will be a monumental piece of thread drift but my request for assistance is focused on an Army test asset that went to the Navy for a short while. As some here may be aware, I have been researching the history of the various prototypes and test ships of the Hughes/MDHC/Boeing series of OH-6/Model 500 series of helicopters. Currently, I am looking at the test work that was undertaken employing the OH-6 as an Anti-Submarine Helicopter. A short-lived test program called "Light Airborne ASW Vehicle (L.A.A.V.) saw the Navy borrow a YOH-6A from the Army in the summer of 1967. Test Squadron VX-1 flew YOH-6A 62-4216 during June, July and August of 1967. The test involved flying the helicopter from the heli-deck of the USS Hawkins. I have only a few scant snippets of information on this test. One thing I do know is that test report would have been compiled and forwarded up the chain of command. At this point, that test report is unlikely to be classified, if it ever was. I have searched online but can find no sign of any report other than the fact that the publication date for the report is the 17th of November 1967. In addition, there was a U.S. Navy program called L.A.S.H. (Light Anti-Submarine Helicopter). It appears that this was a program (as was L.A.A.V.) whose aim was to replace the Gyrodyne QH-50 Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter (D.A.S.H.) with a more capable manned alternative. I believe L.A.A.V. was replaced by L.A.S.H. which later evolved into L.A.M.P.S. Hughes had offered an ASW version of the 500 for the LASH program and some limited testing took place, including sea trials with a U.S. Navy destroyer in 1969. My question is: Does anyone know where information might be available with regard to these trials? I would presume that test reports, however short, were written and are on record somewhere in the Navy archives. The two ships involved were the USS Hawkins and the USS O'Brien and VX-1 was also involved. Can an FOI application be forwarded somewhere or is there a Navy Historical Archive that anyone knows about? The DTIC website is very useful for Army test reports but I'm not sure they carry too many Navy reports there.Thanks for any assistance anyone can offer. LD.
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    Mk19's and helicopters

    Can I ask who the "Apache Mafia" was? Are they a group of decision makers within the Army that were pro-AH-64? Thanks. LD.
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    No love for OH-58A

    Great photos. I love the multi-colour MERDC camo. I wonder did the OH-6A ever get the same camo scheme? LD.
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    AH-6C, MH-6 photos from AH6C-SIP-PICS ARE BACK!

    Hopefully everyone got out of that LB OK. LD.
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    1:72 Academy MiG-21F-13 Fishbed C USAF Have Doughnut

    The MIG-21 looks interesting with the stars-and-bars. LD.
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    Academy 1/48 Hughes 500D TOW Helicopter

    Well done on a nice Defender. LD.
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    No love for OH-58A

    The old 1/32 Revell Jet Ranger is an old kit and so the detail levels are not high. The nose shape does look a tiny bit off but with some work, it looks like it can be built into a nice scale Kiowa. I'd give this kit a go. http://www.scale-rotors.com/galerie/1-utility-helicopters/79-oh-58a-kiowa-italeri.html I built one as a kid (and really enjoyed building it) until my sister knocked it over and left it in pieces. 👎 I've toyed with the idea of building another one as a RAID OH-58A + with high skids. Some day! LD.
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    Best 1/72 Apache for YAH-64A?

    I took the old 1/72 Hasegawa kit out of the stash in the last week for a look. I might start it shortly to build AV-06 in Phase II pre-production configuration. I have some Eduard photoetch for the later AH-64A version of this kit but a lot of it is relevant to the YAH-64A. It'll be a chance to try out etched parts on a model for the first time. LD.
  15. Impressive work so far. LD.
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    HH-46E SAR

    That is some document! Is there an older version of that document that features the TH-6B? Thanks. LD.
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    1/48 UH-1V Kitty Hawk *Completed*

    A great build and the line-up pic looks really good. LD.
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    Dreaming for.....1/72 resin wants!

    Good to hear that the RAID Kiowa is on your list. And great to see that a 1/72 Blue Thunder is also on the way (I hope). I'll have to break out the DVD of that movie again. Classic. LD.
  19. The manufacturer posted on Britmodeller that floats will be available as an option at some point! 😊 LD.
  20. Either scale is interesting and hopefully floats are an option. The Calypso Hughes 300 is a classic and plenty of US police forces used these in the 70's and 80's. A 1/72 kit would be the icing on the cake. LD.
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    Dreaming for.....1/72 resin wants!

    Yea, sadly the Heller kit just has the standard roof-mounted sight. Overall, the Airfix/Heller 1/72 kit is not bad but it needs a little updating now in areas like the rotor head detail and skids. The glazing is not perfect either but is usable. LD.
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    Dreaming for.....1/72 resin wants!

    Yes, that would be a start at least. I have a few Airfix Gazelles but I might have to invest in a Heller one. LD.
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    Dreaming for.....1/72 resin wants!

    This is the upgrade I had in mind. https://www.airliners.net/photo/France-Army/Aerospatiale-SA-342M-Gazelle/2826181/L LD.
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    Dreaming for.....1/72 resin wants!

    I'd like to see in 1/72; 1. an OH-58A+ Kiowa used in the RAID program (High skids in brass, FLIR, searchlight, antenna fit). 2. an upgrade set for the Airfix Gazelle (corrected brass skids, IR exhaust modification, Roof-mounted sighting system for French Gazelle). LD.
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    AH-6C, MH-6 photos from AH6C-SIP-PICS ARE BACK!

    According to information on this page, 68-17357 was a "Special Ops Communications bird" due to its unusal radio mounts. https://slideplayer.com/slide/1661852/ I have 68-17358 down in my list of references as being an "EH-6B" but either this is possibly another EH-6B or there is confusion regarding which of the two was a Spec Ops Little Bird. Apparently NASA required it for some test or other in 1973. LD.
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