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Helicopter: Kaman HH-43 Huskie

Discussion in 'Gearheads' started by Engineman1960, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. Engineman1960

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    Didn’t want to highjack another thread -- So I started this one.

    My father retired from the USAF in 1973; his last duty station (where he ultimately retired from) was MacDill AFB; Tampa, Florida. when you entered the Air Base by vehicle or by bicycle, you passed or went near the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron hanger. In 1970 they had the HH43 Huskie. You could watch them from the road.

    https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/V...s/Display/Article/196061/kaman-hh-43b-huskie/

    https://pimaair.org/museum-aircraft/kaman-hh-43f/

    The helicopter had a device that they would sling load (the load attached with cables called a sling, would be moved with a hook on the bottom of the helicopter). I later found out that this was a fire suppression kit.

    https://dodfirenews.blogspot.com/p/kaman-hh-43b-huskie.html

    Left a lasting impression on me !!!!

    One day the UH-1N Twin Pack Huey showed up.

    Brings back a lot of memories when I see one on display.
     
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    Man, I never saw one of these in person but it sure would make for a neat parachute jump out of that back end. Kinda insect-looking little thing huh?
     
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    With that bigass exhaust pipe I'm amazed that they even needed a fire suppression unit. They could just back into a fire, throttle up and blow it out!
     
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    The Huskie was a Firefighting Classic. Some of the guys I worked with when I went into the AF in the seventies had been crew members. They said it was good duty and hated to see it retired.




     
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    Cool bird
     
  7. Engineman1960

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    I saw this post that’s why I started this thread !!!
     
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    You know, I took another look at that thing after reading this and on second thought, I'd rather not jump out of the back of one of them...that exhaust might just melt your canopy into a ball of molten panels and paracord, swirling in the wind as you plummet to the ground. No thanks; my PLF technique was marginal at best, on a good day under a good canopy. I don't think I'd like to try to execute one at near terminal velocity.
     
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    I had a very good friend that graduated Ft Rucker in 1974 when they withdrew from Nam. He was training to go over there. He always told me a helicopter is defined as a loose assemblage of aeronautical parts all moving in the same general direction beating the air into submission.
     
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