Jump to content

AH-6C, MH-6 photos from AH6C-SIP-PICS ARE BACK!


Recommended Posts

  • 2 weeks later...
  • Replies 980
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Posted Images

I have seen this picture before in the past but never paid it much attention. After we finally discovered a photo of the EH-6B in late-2019, I noticed a few similarities and it appears this was also an EH-6B. It has the radar altimeter and antenna box under the belly, similar to the other EH-6B photographed. The Batwing SATCOM antenna is missing from the tailboom but the antenna base is there. Add the SATCOM antenna and you'll have a full-spec EH-6B!

 

 

oh6_3

 

The serials commonly listed as being EH-6Bs are  68-17301, 68-17358 and 69-15977. The serial on this ship isn't fully legible but the first two numbers appear to be 15 so perhaps this is 69-15977. It appears to be CARC green with black lettering and this would be consistent with the previous info stated by GT.   

 

LD.

Edited by Loach Driver
Adding link to photo.
Link to post
Share on other sites
On 8/16/2020 at 2:44 PM, Loach Driver said:

This poster is for sale from Heliops. I am not promoting it, but a portion of the purchase price does go to the Nightstalker Foundation. 

 

It does have some interesting types featured. It has the usual collection of Little Birds that we all know and love but among the drawings is one of the EH-6E. It isn't fitted with a FLIR turret but does have a SATCOM antenna on the tailboom.

 

Of equal interest are the drawings of the early Blackhawks and Chinooks, in particular the CH-47C+ and CH-47D+.  Those early Chinooks have received very little attention from us here. I need to break out Floyd's decal sheets to see if they are included. There is the odd photo here and there on the web of the early Hawks and Hooks but it'd be nice to see a few more.

 

https://www.heliopsmag.com/store/160th-SOAR-A-Special-Collectors-Edition-p227470874

 

LD.

Hi mate, the link is not working, any chance to get those documents ? Still searching for more info on Gulf war MH-47D, MH-60s and MH-6s.... Thanks !

Link to post
Share on other sites
50 minutes ago, JakubJakepilot said:

Hi mate, the link is not working, any chance to get those documents ? Still searching for more info on Gulf war MH-47D, MH-60s and MH-6s.... Thanks !

Yes, for some reason the link doesn't work. The Heliops website seems to be down completely. You will find Heliops on Facebook and Ned Dawson is the guy to contact there. They generally print a batch of posters from initial orders with a deposit but they might have a few left over. Hopefully you can get one!

 

LD. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Found on the web today.

 

An MH-6H doing some State-side training, fitted with the low-rider platform.

mh6_urban.jpg

 

vlcsnap-2019-02-15-15h19m13s203

 

This photo is from the Night Stalkers Foundation website. It looks like a group photo of the initial cadre from TF158. Looks like an AH-6C hovering in the background with an OH-58C included, for some reason. 

 

LD.

Edited by Loach Driver
Inserted a second photo.
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 3 weeks later...

A couple of weeks ago I started to read back over this thread in its entirety. It contains a huge amount of information and I wanted to see if I'd missed or forgotten anything interesting. 

 

One little snippet of information that I found fascinating was a reference to the AH-6 gun birds by Killing Stone. He mentioned that the guns used during Operation Just Cause were fitted with 19-shot rockets pods. The configuration he mentioned was a single minigun on the left and a single 19-shot pod on the right. Basically the same configuration as the AH-6F but with the bigger pod fitted. I presume it was the M261 rocket pod.

 

GT pointed me in the right direction and after a little research and some significant assistance from a couple of former Night Stalkers, I have nailed down some solid info on the AH-6Gs used during Operation Just Cause. 

 

It looks like all Little Birds had been fitted with the C-30 engine by this time (late 1989) but the AH-6Gs were not fitted with the gun plank. Therefore, they were flying the AH-6Gs in the same configuration as the previous AH-6F, a single minigun on the left side and a single rocket pod on the right side. In Panama, some AH-6s flew with the 7-shot pod and some were fitted with the 19-shot pod. When they had the 19-shot pod fitted, they were limited to a maximum load of 14 rockets. Presumably this was approaching the weight limit of the fuselage mount for the pod. The down-turned IR Suppression Exhaust from GF1 and Gothic Serpent wasn't fitted to the AH-6G during Op Just Cause. As far as I can tell, 85-25346 was one of the AH-6Gs present in Panama with the M261 fitted. A few Panama AH-6s have appeared on some of the Werner Wings sheets so they will assist in anyone building an Op Just Cause gun bird.

 

LD.  

Edited by Loach Driver
Correcting a grammatical error.
Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...