US Army Aircraft Since 1947 by Stephen Harding

By Stephen Harding

Within the simply over 40 years given that its production the air arm of the trendy usa military has grown from a comparatively small and ill-equipped liaison and battlefield remark strength right into a immense, complicated and able association using greater than 10,000 fastened- and rotary-wing assault, reconnaissance, delivery and normal software airplane.

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Accommodation: Weight (empty/gross, in Ibs): 17,913/33,000 22,000/31,000 19,375/40,000 20,547/46,000 22,784/53,500 Two to three crew, all versions except ACH-47A, which had seven to nine crew. All versions except ACH-47A able to carry from twenty-two to fifty troops depending on operational (YCH/CHiJCH-4 7AI (ACH-47A) (YCH/CH-47B) (CH-47C) ICH-47D) needs. One of three YUH-51 prototypes evaluated by the Army makes a low pass for the camera. The YUH-51 was somewhat smaller and some 1200 pounds lighter than the competing Sikorsky YUH-50.

HISTORY The CH-47 Chinook originated as the Vertol Model 114 of 1958, a larger and more capable follow-on development of Vertol's earlier Model 107 twin-engined assault transport helicopter. ) but found to be somewhat small for the Army's needs, and the service was quick to transfer its interest to the heftier Model 114. Five prototypes were ordered in June 1959 with the designation YHC-1 B and the serials 59-4982 to -4986, and the type made its first flight in September 1961. The common origin of the YHC-1A and YHC-1B was evident in the general layout of each aircraft, for both were powered by twin turbine engines driving tandem rotors mounted at either end of a ramp-equipped, box-like fuselage.

700 This photo clearly illustrates the YHO-3's small size and distinctive 'ice cream cone' shape. Note that a plexiglas bubble has been fitted to the cockpit framing directly above each crewman's head. (Hynes Helicopters) 72 73 US ARMY AIRCRAFT SINCE 1947 US ARMY AIRCRAFT SINCE 1947 CESSNA U-20 Type: Single-engined Manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft liaison and light cargo Corporation, Wichita, Kansas. transport aircraft HISTORY In 1949 the Army purchased, through an Air Force-administered contract, fifteen examples of Cessna's commercial Model 195 high-wing cabin monoplane for evaluation in the light cargo transport, liaison, and search and rescue roles.

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