BELL UH-1B-BF IROQUOIS 64-13925

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QAM thanks Becker Helicopters for the donation of this aircraft.

Built by Bell Helicopter at Fort Worth, Texas.

Accepted by the U.S. Army with serial 64-13925. (Source: 8)

With 129th Aviation Company in Vietnam (TT: 1154 hrs). (Source: 4)

With 129th Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam (TT: 1339 hrs). (Source: 4)

While engaged in Close Air Support with the 129th AHC the aircraft was hit by a 7.62mm round in the engine compartment. The aircraft was attacking at unknown altitude at 85 knots. Despite damage to structure and flight controls, the aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives. The aircraft was repaired in theatre. Total airframe time was 1867 hours. (Source: 4)

With 335th Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam (TT: 1984 hrs). (Source: 4)

In storage at Army Aeronautical Depot Maintenance Center (ARADMAC) at Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas (TT: 2122 hrs). (Source: 4)
This facility was established in April 1961 for the overhaul of UH-1 helicopters.

In maintenance at ARADMAC (TT: 2122 hrs). (Source: 4)

With 4th Army at ARADMAC (TT: 2122 hrs). (Source: 4)

In maintenance at ARADMAC (TT: 2122 hrs). (Source: 4)

In maintenance at ARADMAC (TT: 2123 hrs). (Source: 4)

In transit ex ARADMAC (TT: 2142 hrs). (Source: 4)

With 44th Engineer Group at Korat, Thailand (TT: 2142 hrs). (Source: 4)

At this time the United States still had a significant military presence in Germany which included 250,000 personnel. Among other duties, UH-1B helicopters were used to patrol the western side of the Berlin Wall..

With 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 7th Army in Germany (TT: 2187 hrs). (Source: 4)

With 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 7th Army in Germany (TT: 2478 hrs). (Source: 4)

With D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 12th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 7th Army in Germany (TT: 2506 hrs). (Source: 4)

With D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 12th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 7th Army in Germany (TT: 2552 hrs). (Source: 4)

With D Troop, 3rd Armored Division, 3/12th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany (TT: 2560 hrs). (Source: 4)

With D Troop, 3rd Armored Division, 3/12th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany (TT: 2658 hrs) . (Source: 4)

With Headquarters Company, 3rd Armored Division, 3/12th Cavalry Regiment in Germany (TT: 2680 hrs). (Source: 4)

With Headquarters Company, 3rd Armored Division, 3/12th Cavalry Regiment in Germany (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)

Located Continental USA (CONUS) (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)

Located Continental USA (CONUS) (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)

Located Continental USA (CONUS) (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)

In maintenance at ARADMAC (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)

In maintenance at ARADMAC (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)

In maintenance at ARADMAC (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)

In maintenance at ARADMAC (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)

In maintenance at ARADMAC (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)

In transit ARADMAC (TT: 2699 hrs). (Source: 4)

Loaned to Aviation and Surface Command (AVSCOM), St Louis for a project (TT: 2731 hrs). (Source: 4)

With US Army Aviation School (USAAVNS), Fort Rucker, Alabama (TT: 2794 hrs). (Source: 4)

With USAAVNS, Fort Rucker, Alabama (TT: 3071 hrs). (Source: 4)

With USAAVNS, 1st Army, Fort Rucker, Alabama (TT: 3130 hrs). (Source: 4)

With USAAVNS, 1st Army, Fort Rucker, Alabama (TT: 4039 hrs). (Source: 4)

To Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center (MASDC), Tucson as XA0078. (Source: 2)

Loaned to NASA Langley Research Center, Virginia (TT: 4039 hrs). (Source: 4)

Loaned to NASA Langley Research Center, Virginia (TT: 4039 hrs). (Source: 4)

Loaned to NASA Langley Research Center, Virginia (TT: 4039 hrs). (Source: 4)

Reg N781CC to Summit Helicopters Inc., Cloverdale, Virginia. (Source: 3)

Reg cancelled on export to Australia. (Source: 3)

In early 2000, Commercial Helicopters at Mudgee, NSW purchased three UH-1B from Summit Helicopters Inc. of Cloverdale, Virginia. Two aircraft were operational and the third, N781CC, was acquired as a source of parts. N781CC never took up an Australian identity. (Source: 5)

The parted-out airframe of N781CC was delivered to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service at Broadmeadow, Newcastle having been donated by Commercial Helicopters. (Source: 5)

The cabin section of N781CC was converted to a Hoist Simulator for training helicopter rescue personnel. (Source: 6)

The converted Hoist Simulator was officially launched at Newcastle. (Source: 5)

One year later it was converted to perform the additional function as a full flight simulator and as such became the first CASA approved Bell 412 full flight simulator in Australia. Subsequently, when CASA wanted to certify it as a procedural trainer, the flight simulator facility was removed and fitted to a custom built fixture. (Source: 6)

The Hoist Simulator was still in use at Broadmeadow as recently as 2017. As later rescue helicopters have a wheeled undercarriage as opposed to skids, the simulator became obsolete due to the different method of cabin entry / egress when winching crew and patients.
(Source: 7)

Donated to QAM by Becker Helicopters. There are no log books or records for this aircraft.

Transported from Sunshine Coast Airport to Caloundra. QAM thanks Clayton's Towing for facilitating the move.

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly
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Compiled By Ron Cuskelly

Sources

1

Bell Aircraft since 1935, Putnam, 1992.

5

Mark Rogers, MKR Choppers Pty Ltd, Mudgee.

6

Peter Grimmond, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

7

Stewart Kedar, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (2011-2017).

8

Photograph of Aircraft Data Plate.

Remarks

Greatly expanded the Australian history with several additional images. Thanks to Mark Rogers, Peter Grimmond and Stewart Kedar.

Issue: 04

DATE: 04 JAN 19

Added the aircraft’s US Army history from Source: 4.

Issue: 03

DATE: 04 AUG 18

Added an image of the aircraft arriving at QAM.

Issue: 03

DATE: 03 AUG 18

Original issue.

Issue: 01

DATE: 02 AUG 18

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