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  1. It was always interesting to see a C-5 on the ramp. Usually, we asked, “Where are we going this time”?
  2. Yes, when the helicopter was transported by C-5 the helicopter was basically disassembled. The main rotors, rotor head, main transmission, aux tanks, aux tank supports, and one tail rotor blade were removed. It was quite a process. Then when the helicopter got to where it was going, the maintainers has 12 hours to put it all back together for a flight crew to do an air test on her.
  3. The USAF MH-53J/M had folding rotors. The HH-53B/C and CH-53C did not have folding rotors.
  4. The main rotor blades on a USAF HH-53C were not foldable. So folding the rotors would not be correct.
  5. I do have a question. If this kit is a rebox of the Italeri ACH-47A, why did they include decals for the Spanish and British chinooks? I’m pretty sure neither of those countries bought the “A” model Chinook.
  6. The CH-53A’s that the USAF obtained all came with EAPS. They also had the -6B engines. I remember having to be very careful when flying them out of Kirtland AFB as the engines were not very powerful. Externally, they looked just like any other H-53. Once we put the titanium rotor blades, hoist, air refueling probe and the -100 engines on them, they became very good helicopters. I landed one in the Pecos mountains one night at 12,500 feet during a rescue.
  7. I just noticed a conversion set for the revell H-53 kit to make it into a MH-53J. Go to the Lone Star Models site. They have most of what you will need. They do not have the main rotor blades.
  8. The thing about the CH-53E and the MH-53J/M being different is true. To use Sikorsky’s designations: the Three engine versions are the S-80, while the two engine versions are the S-65. Nothing on the three engine -53s are compatible with the two engine versions.
  9. Yes, it is 1/72 scale. If you are willing to part with it I’ll be happy to take it.
  10. I recently bought the Italeri H-19A helicopter model kit from eBay. The windshield’s bottom left and right corners are broken off. The corners are not in the kit. Does anyone know where I can get another windshield? Thanks. Bob
  11. 11Bee, go to a website called the Pave Cave. It is a site dedicated to the Pave Low helicopter and its crews. Under the photos page, there is a section called pre Pave. On the second page of this section, there are a couple of NRS HH-53Cs. You can tell by the small squareish object on the left side of the nose. That is the low light level TV turret. When in use, it only moved up and down. I can not find any cockpit pictures. Hope this is helpful. Bob
  12. The Night Recovery System HH-53’s did not have the TF radar. That came later with the Pave Low. What they had was a low light level TV system. Not a FLIR. This along with the Doppler radar and Hover Coupler allowed an approach to a hover. The first HH-53 I flew during my transition was an NRS modified helicopter. The instrument panel was very different from the normal panel, which was confusing for a new 2Lt trying to learn to fly the helicopter.
  13. This is a great looking model. I’m just curious where you got the crew chief box.
  14. Very nice model. I flew USAF H-53’s for most of my 20 years in. This is a good one.
  15. I think these pictures were taken from the Air Force Now 41 film. I first watched the film when I was in AFROTC at Fresno State. It was what got me wanting to go into H-53’s. If you noticed, the pictures of the co-pilot shows him with a parachute. In the early days, the pilot’s seat back cushion could be removed and a parachute put there. It was not very comfortable but was required when doing air refueling. When I was going through initial HH-53 transition, I asked my instructor how I was supposed to jump out the window, avoiding the main rotor blades. He looked at me and said “Just fly the helicopter Lt.”. I took that to mean I was not going to bail out of the H-53 cockpit. The rules changed later on and a parachute was no longer required. The pilot seats in the Pave Low did not have a seat cushion that could be removed.
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