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What would you like to fly?
Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, April 28, 2003 4:25 AM
Big Smile [:D]Saw this thread on the aircraft forum, thought I'd start it here. We love 'em, we build 'em, and we'd love to fly 'em. If you could, which chopper would you love to fly most? For me, it's one of three, either the Bell model47, any of the Bell Huey series, including the Cobra, or the Hughes OH-6.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, April 28, 2003 10:21 AM
I actually flew a CH-47 once. Of course, it was already in the air when I was able to take the controls. But it was still a great feeling. I think that I would like to fly an MD-500 though. They just look cool and very agile. That would be fun.

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, April 28, 2003 11:06 AM
That's an easy one, I'd fly T.C.'s Island Hopper helicopter from Magnum P.I.

N.
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Posted by upnorth on Monday, April 28, 2003 12:18 PM
Well, I've been a passenger on Twin Hueys, Kiowas and a Chinook once. Never actually touched the controls though.

I'd like to try the PZL W-3 Sokol. For those who don't know about it, its a really nice looking Polish built bird. I have another thread further on in this forum about it and in a reply, djmodels provide a link to some very nice pictures of it if you've never seen one and would like to.

I wouldn't mind taking an Mi-24 Hind for a spin, just to say I did it.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, April 28, 2003 6:57 PM
I would die a happy guy if I was able to fly a UH-60 blackhawk.. been a passenger a couple of times and it was great so I'm pretty sure that being a pilot would be a heck of a lot better
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Posted by DAVEY5 on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 5:19 PM
Well I have had the privilage to take the controls on a few ocasions.Once in a Jet Ranger, once in a A Star.I was given a
one hour training flight in a R-22,which was cool.( if you like
some serious vibrating) Also worked for a race team which owned a 109 Agusta.Got to ride alot and learned to ground
taxi .once.(that was strange).Also got alot of good heli talk and
experiances from the 3 great pilots that flew her.
All helicopter heads like our selfs should get up for a ride
in our favorite contraption.Check the flight schools in your area
to see if they give flight training demo rides. Most do for a small fee. good luck to all
Davey5
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 6:59 PM
I would like to fly the R-22, Bell 47, MD500 or the MD520, the Bell 430 ,407, 412, and of course the HH-65A Dauphin!

Merci!!!
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Posted by senojrn on Thursday, May 1, 2003 9:41 AM
UH-1 Huey, H-60 Blackhawk/Jayhawk, MH-53, HH-3F, Mi-24 Hind, and a AH-64D Apache.
Wouldn't it be nice........

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Posted by fuzzy on Friday, May 2, 2003 3:21 PM
UH-1 Huey, UH-60 Blackhawk, OH-6, MD500.
Great from the back office but the front would be even
better. Tails clear .. LZ clear ... Clear to land.
Fuzzy
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Posted by Melgyver on Thursday, May 15, 2003 8:48 PM
I was a Huey Crew Chief quite a few years back and managed to acquire about 400 hrs stick time and "she" was real forgiving and a delight to fly and hover. I also got a few hours in the Bell 206 B III, a sports car compared to the Huey and about an hour in the Bo-105. That was a hand full, but before all my time in the UH-1H. I'd love to get some stick time in the Apache and then the Black Hawk just to see what replaced the great Huey! It's probably been over 15 years since my last stick time, but I can remember it like yesterday! I ride to and from work on S-76's every week and sometimes in the Bell 430.

Clear Left!

Mel

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Posted by targetdriver on Saturday, May 17, 2003 9:32 PM
An MH-53J would be great!!!! Where else can you get a 10 ton helo to do a roll!!

Just would hate to clean up after all those dirty, nastry, rotten, stink'n legs in the back that hate to fly!

If all else fails one of the MI-24's from OTSA at FT Bliss would suffice. You wouldn't beleive all the Russian Helo's we have down there........
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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, May 18, 2003 6:13 AM
You can do a roll with a MH-53J? Holy Cow!. WOW. Backwards. WOW
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Posted by gregers on Sunday, May 18, 2003 4:55 PM
Well thisone is EASY i wached M.A.S.H. almost religiously as a kid and wanted to fly in a Bell 47 soooo bad and if i ever do you can bet i'll be singing suicide is painless...The theme from M.A.S.H....but i bet you knew that anyway...Gregers
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, July 7, 2003 9:21 AM
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Posted by Cobrahistorian on Monday, July 7, 2003 11:14 AM
What would I LIKE to fly??? hmm...
Well, the screenname says it all. I want my own AH-1G. Barring that, a UH-1C would do nicely... but I'm keepin my fingers crossed that the Army's actually gonna let me fly Apaches... we'll see!
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, July 7, 2003 11:38 AM
I was fortunate enough to start my flying career at the right time in the Army. Primary was in the TH-55, tracked UH-1's and flew those for a year prior to transitioning to OH-58's. I flew the 58 for nearly 2 years of underpowered fun before switching to AH-1's where I spent 3 years. I lucked out and was able to wrangle a UH-60 position and that is the ship to end all ships. I've also got some bootleg time in the OH-6 and have flown the Coast Guards Dauphines more than a few times (lucky again, they had an air station at the National Air Guard Base I flew from). Not much left to choose from, Apache's don't have any special attraction for me so I would want to try something radically different like the V-22!
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Posted by gregers on Monday, July 7, 2003 12:11 PM
Hi folks guess what. i know it wasn't the copter that i chose but i got my ****** in the left seat of a jetranger last week. it was a hell of an experience. the pilot told me that women make the best copter pilots, but SHE would say that wouldn't she!!! LoL...Greg
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, December 18, 2003 10:07 AM
This doesn't quite fit, because it isn't quite a chopper. I'd like the fly that helicopter-ish thing in the movie AI.
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Posted by Avus on Friday, December 19, 2003 4:12 AM
An AH-6J!
A nasty, small, agile chopper with quite a firepower.
Like somebody calls it: a Killer-Egg.

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 19, 2003 9:57 AM
Thats a hard one due to liking so many helo's Banged Head [banghead]. The one that i would love to the most would have to be the AH-1W.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 19, 2003 11:30 AM
My only Helo flight was in the back of a Gazelle.
The highlight was when we autorotated and landed in the middle of the airfield and pulled up next to the flem with his co2 extinguisher and off we went again !
I would love to fly in a cobra.
I saw an S once at Paris 87. My shoulders were wider than the cockpit!
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Posted by ridleusmc on Friday, December 19, 2003 6:16 PM
I've been a passenger on a CH-53E a few times. It would be alot of fun to fly. It's big and has plenty of power. The pilots love to hug the dirt when they fly over rough terrain, and that's what I'd love to do. It would be like driving a windy race track with a Mac Truck.
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Posted by ridleusmc on Friday, December 19, 2003 6:22 PM
targetdriver and midnightprowler,

Sikorsky only got one CH-53A to ever do a roll and a loop, but the airframe had to be retired after that flight. It was stripped down to the bare bones before that flight. I doubt that an MH-53J, CH-53D, or a CH-53E could ever do a roll.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 23, 2003 5:18 AM
I've got time in the B-206 & H-500, but by far most of my helo flying time is in the H-300C. It's a great little helo, and fun to fly. My favorite by far is the H-500D. No hydraulic boost, just electric trim (chinaman's hat) so you FEEL all of the inputs to the rotor system. I just couldn't get used to the hydraulic boost on the B-206, especially after flying the H-300 and H-500. I'm sure with more time, the Bell products would have felt better. I've got lots of back seat time in the HH-60G and some in the UH-1H. I'd like to try out a CH-47D, but I won't even climb into an R-44. The T-cyclic stick is just too wierd form me.Smile [:)]
BTW, I worked for Hawaii Pacific Helicopters back in the early eightys. We had Jetcopters H-500D (35A) which you all remember as the Island Hopper bird on Magnum PI. We also used our B-206's for that show. The pilot's name was Steve Kux...A thin wirey ex-marine CH-46 driver with a thick handle bar mustache. Roger Mosely (TC) was scared to death of the helo, and truth be known never did fly in 95A. WHen you see him, he's in a mock-up over at the Diamond Head studios.
Avus,
Yeah, that's just what we've always called the AH-6's. They're also known as SIX-GUNS (six-barreled miniguns) while the MH-6's go by SIX-PAX (six passengers on the benches).

Bottom line...gimme a H-500 of any model, followed close by a BO-105.

Oh yeah,
I could be wrong here but I'm pretty sure that as long as you keep one positive G on it and if it's a fully articulated rotor system, you can roll a helicopter. You'd have to be a good stick though and it might look ugly.
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Posted by Avus on Tuesday, December 23, 2003 9:44 AM
salbando,
You said: "... MH-6's go by SIX-PAX (six passengers on the benches)". I wonder: actually there is enough space for six passengers but I've always senn only four. can you confirm that?
Do you know if and how the passengere are secured to the benches?
I could use this one for my "six-pack".

Klaus

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, December 25, 2003 4:02 AM
Avus,
The MH-6's are set up for 6 customers (3 per bench). In the Mog, usually 4 were flown (2 per side). There were a few times where 6 were flown, but when you consider available power, it's better for the aircrew if you can get away with 4 per bird, and if it doesn't impact the mission. Now, I have heard of up to 8 (no kidding) being flown, but I think that's pretty rare. In other ops/exercises, I've usually seen 4 per bird.
As far as securing pax on the bench. Beliave it or not it's a operator specific kind of thing. I'm sure there's SOP's regarding this, but I'm just telling you that when the rubber hits the road it's up to the operator. I can tell you what I've personnally done, and seen done by others. Usually for the trips out to the target area, we would set up a "beaner" and a securing strap or rope to our vest or webgear. We would simply hook into a bulkhead or some other section of the helo. When you got close to the target site, you would unhook from the helo and hold on till touchdown.
For seating arrangements, i've done/seen it two ways. First two operators sitting on either forward sides of the benches faced forward into the wind so to speak. the other operators faced outwards on the benches. The second way was to have everyone sit facing outward. You have to realize that with operators on the benches (especially on the front) it really obscured the SA (situational awareness) for the aircrew due to their view out the sides. Operators were and are ALWAYS considered part of the defensive suite of the MH-6 and as such your head would be on a swivel looking for threats on the flight.
It's definately Mr Toad's Wild Ride.
Hope that helps.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 28, 2003 7:18 PM
A KA-50 would be really nice!Yeah!! [yeah]
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, December 31, 2003 1:30 AM
Well for me it would be the HH-60H Seahawk, flew in them with HCS-5, rescue missions. And still can't beat the apprehensive feeling of landing on a rocking and rolling flight deck of a cruiser. Fun to fly with the AFCS system these helos have. Also helps in managing the other systems this aircraft has on board. Nap of the earth, NVG, etc...

Chuck
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Posted by snakedriver on Wednesday, December 31, 2003 2:28 PM
I've resisted for as long as I can. I've been at the controls of the following:
TH-55 (Hughes 300), TH-13S (Bell 47), UH-1A,B,C,D,H , AH-1G, OH-6A, OH-58A,
CH-34C, Westland Wasp, Sikorsky S-76. Flew in back of a CH-47 and would never re-enter unless forced to do so at gunpoint (I nearly fainted when the engineer calmly took his red maintanence rag from his rear pocket and walked about the cabin mopping up hydraulic leaks). Also got a ride in the back of a Navy SH-2 and the civilian version of the
SeaKing (what a noisy beast that was). Most of my time was in the AH-1G and while it
occupies a huge place in my heart, my vote has to go to the little Hughes hotrod, the OH-6. It was just too much fun to buzz around in. I hope the newer versions are as much fun.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, December 31, 2003 6:12 PM
An Apache--so I could take care of my jackass neighbors!
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