BELL 204 / UH-1B-BF IROQUOIS 64-13925
MSN 1049

 

 

QAM thanks Becker Helicopters for the donation of this aircraft.

 


64-13925
   
    Built by Bell Helicopter at Fort Worth, Texas.
JAN65
  Accepted by the U.S. Army with serial 64-13925. (Source: 8)
VIETNAM
OCT66
  With 129th Aviation Company in Vietnam (TT: 1154 hrs). (Source: 4)
JAN67
  With 129th Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam (TT: 1339 hrs). (Source: 4)
05DEC67
  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)
MAR68
  With 335th Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam (TT: 1984 hrs). (Source: 4)
USA
AUG68
  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.
SEP68
  In maintenance at ARADMAC (TT: 2122 hrs). (Source: 4)
OCT68
  With 4th Army at ARADMAC (TT: 2122 hrs). (Source: 4)
NOV68
  In maintenance at ARADMAC (TT: 2122 hrs). (Source: 4)
DEC68
  In maintenance at ARADMAC (TT: 2123 hrs). (Source: 4)
JAN69
  In transit ex ARADMAC (TT: 2142 hrs). (Source: 4)
THAILAND
FEB69
  With 44th Engineer Group at Korat, Thailand (TT: 2142 hrs). (Source: 4)
COLD WAR GERMANY
    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..
MAR69
  With 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 7th Army in Germany (TT: 2187 hrs). (Source: 4)
JUL70
  With 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 7th Army in Germany (TT: 2478 hrs). (Source: 4)
AUG70
  With D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 12th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 7th Army in Germany (TT: 2506 hrs). (Source: 4)
DEC70
  With D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 12th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 7th Army in Germany (TT: 2552 hrs). (Source: 4)
JAN71
  With D Troop, 3rd Armored Division, 3/12th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany (TT: 2560 hrs). (Source: 4)
JUN71
  With D Troop, 3rd Armored Division, 3/12th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany (TT: 2658 hrs) . (Source: 4)
JUL71
  With Headquarters Company, 3rd Armored Division, 3/12th Cavalry Regiment in Germany (TT: 2680 hrs). (Source: 4)
MAR72
  With Headquarters Company, 3rd Armored Division, 3/12th Cavalry Regiment in Germany (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)
USA
APR72
  Located Continental USA (CONUS) (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)
MAY72
  Located Continental USA (CONUS) (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)
JUN72
  Located Continental USA (CONUS) (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)
JUL72
  In maintenance at ARADMAC (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)
AUG72
  In maintenance at ARADMAC (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)
SEP72
  In maintenance at ARADMAC (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)
OCT72
  In maintenance at ARADMAC (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)
NOV72
  In maintenance at ARADMAC (TT: 2687 hrs). (Source: 4)
DEC72
  In transit ARADMAC (TT: 2699 hrs). (Source: 4)
JAN73
  Loaned to Aviation and Surface Command (AVSCOM), St Louis for a project (TT: 2731 hrs). (Source: 4)
FEB73
  With US Army Aviation School (USAAVNS), Fort Rucker, Alabama (TT: 2794 hrs). (Source: 4)
JUN73
  With USAAVNS, Fort Rucker, Alabama (TT: 3071 hrs). (Source: 4)
JUL73
  With USAAVNS, 1st Army, Fort Rucker, Alabama (TT: 3130 hrs). (Source: 4)
SEP75
  With USAAVNS, 1st Army, Fort Rucker, Alabama (TT: 4039 hrs). (Source: 4)
14SEP75
  To Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center (MASDC), Tucson as XA0078. (Source: 2)
OCT75
  Loaned to NASA Langley Research Center, Virginia (TT: 4039 hrs). (Source: 4)
NOV75
  Loaned to NASA Langley Research Center, Virginia (TT: 4039 hrs). (Source: 4)
DEC75
  Loaned to NASA Langley Research Center, Virginia (TT: 4039 hrs). (Source: 4)
N781CC
   
02DEC99
  Reg N781CC to Summit Helicopters Inc., Cloverdale, Virginia. (Source: 3)
AUSTRALIA
09DEC99
Reg cancelled on export to Australia. (Source: 3)
00
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)
02MAR06
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)
18OCT07
The converted Hoist Simulator was officially launched at Newcastle. (Source: 5)
08
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)
26JUL18
Donated to QAM by Becker Helicopters. There are no log books or records for this aircraft.
02AUG18
Transported from Sunshine Coast Airport to Caloundra. QAM thanks Clayton's Towing for facilitating the move.

 

 

Sources
1
Bell Aircraft since 1935, Putnam, 1992.
2
Joe Baugher: http://users.rcn.com/jeremy.k/serialSearch.html
3
FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Inquiry.aspx
4
http://www.129th.net/helicopters/64-13925.html
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.

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
4
04JAN19
Greatly expanded the Australian history with several additional images. Thanks to Mark Rogers, Peter Grimmond and Stewart Kedar.
3
04AUG18
Added the aircraft's US Army history from Source: 4.
2
03AUG18
Added an image of the aircraft arriving at QAM.
1
02AUG18
Original issue.