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Old 09-01-2012, 12:12 AM   #5476
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BTW I think Robinsons are ugly beasts. Don't want this to be a 'pick on Bell' discussion - I like both brands ; it's just that Bell had the whole market to themselves at one stage and they squandered it all.
Robinsons are ugly, with their squat bodies and weird rotor mast.

I like the Colibri best. It's just... I dunno, clean-looking.
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:14 AM   #5477
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A bygone era helicopter. Ingenius creation of Arthur Young.

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Old 09-01-2012, 07:47 PM   #5478
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A bygone era helicopter. Ingenius creation of Arthur Young.

Primary instrument training at Ft. Rucker in 1969 was done in the OH-13S turbocharged model of these guys (I had the ball in the needle/ball gauge freeze in position one day - really baffled how the instructor pulled that one off).

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Old 09-01-2012, 08:18 PM   #5479
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Primary instrument training at Ft. Rucker in 1969 was done in the OH-13S turbocharged model of these guys (I had the ball in the needle/ball gauge freeze in position one day - really baffled how the instructor pulled that one off).
As I recall, around 400 of these were built for the Army to replace the H Model. The MR Blade was 1 foot longer and the tail boom was 14 inches longer. It had a Lycoming engine too.

But I didn't know they were equipped for IFR training?! Must have been interesting flying in the soup.
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:07 PM   #5480
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As I recall, around 400 of these were built for the Army to replace the H Model. The MR Blade was 1 foot longer and the tail boom was 14 inches longer. It had a Lycoming engine too.

But I didn't know they were equipped for IFR training?! Must have been interesting flying in the soup.
Yeah, really interesting when the controls started icing. Most of the time it was under the hood. In advanced instruments we headed to the clouds on purpose in the Hueys that actually had real instrumentation and flying in locations that had working approaches. Doing instrument approaches in Nam with minimal working instruments was always interesting - did a lot of NDB stuff and more than a few GCAs courtesy of the Air Force at Phu Cat Air Base. Never saw a working ILS as the Air Force was mostly TACAN.

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Old 09-03-2012, 04:57 AM   #5481
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Yeah, really interesting when the controls started icing.
Were the controls hydraulic on the OH13S's?
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:06 AM   #5482
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Helicopter pilots have all the fun!



sorry for the crappy cell phone pic, it was all I had with me.

View of the landing pad, without the girls

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Old 09-03-2012, 08:20 AM   #5483
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Same place, different helicopter.



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Old 09-04-2012, 02:08 AM   #5484
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We have these also flying around here in Europe

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Old 09-05-2012, 10:35 PM   #5485
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:39 PM   #5486
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:03 PM   #5487
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Quiz - this helo has 2 engines, incredible lifting capacity, 4 TR Blades. What is it??

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Old 09-10-2012, 06:12 PM   #5488
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Quiz - this helo has 2 engines, incredible lifting capacity, 4 TR Blades. What is it??
Skycrane, obviously.



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Old 09-10-2012, 06:29 PM   #5489
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Dammit emerson.biguns you're quick!! Also known as "Elvis"....


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Old 09-13-2012, 06:26 PM   #5490
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4 Blades?

Seems to me that I either do not understand your question or my counting is wrong. The CH54's have 6 blades every time I have counted them. The CH53's have the same basic rotor and transmission, the CH53E however has 7 blades and 3 engines.
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