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4.0 out of 5 stars OH-6/500 series, February 22, 2006
This review is from: Loach!: The Story of the H-6/Model 500 Helicopter (Schiffer Military History Book) (Paperback)
Very good book from the operational point of view, however I wish it had more information on research programs and certification efforts. This is a somewhat selfish view from myself as I was involved in numerous research, development and certification efforts on this aircraft.
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Initial post: Dec 27, 2006 1:33:42 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 27, 2006 1:36:07 PM PST
If this book were thourghly researced, he would have talked to me. I was the OH-6A Test Manager at the Army Aviation Test Board from Oct 1966 to May 1969. I was responsible for getting this machine to Vietnam and helped solve many of the problems that it had such a anti-torque pedals breaking off when you put your feet on them to push back in the seat. Establishing the flight envelope for the 7.62mm mine gun, etc. etc. This is the only aircraft that Hughes actually provided to the government during his career. When he was in his hotel in Vegas, they would fly it out there and fly around the top of thehotel and he woudl peek out the window at it. The fly off against the Bell machine in '69 at Edwards Air Force Base in California was done by the ATA with data fed to the Project Manager in St Louis. The results were a joke as the little machine flew rings around the Bell Jet Ranger and the test results stated that the flight characteristics of the machines were essentially the same, so futher procurement went to bid. This is just some of the "FUN" I had while stationed at Ft Rucker.
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