AirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2530 posts, RR: 6 Posted (3 years 4 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6298 times:
In the Feb. 15th issue of AvWeek they have a Q&A with Bell's new CEO, John Garrison who is a former US Army Ranger West Point grad with a Harvard MBA. They ask him how the H-1 program is going, and he begins by saying how "the Yankee (UH-1Y) is performing incredibly well in Afghanistan," and that "the US Army is using it for troop movement and in some attack roles."
My initial reaction was that this was just a typo on AvWeek's part, but maybe it was a goof on John Garrison's part?
Why in the world would the US Army who has H-60's and H-47's be relying on anything from the Marines to move their troops around in the high altitudes of AFG? Try as it may, the UH-1Y will never even be able to do all that an H-60 can. First off, I wouldn't think the Marines would have the time to haul the Army around, and second I wouldn't think the Army would want any part of using the Marine equipment/crews to boot?
Army15P From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 27 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6070 times:
Well Scrap (Flat) Iron at KOZR had them and where using them as of last month when a buddy of mine had a PL in an RT. In todays' day and age, he of course has iphone camera proof. I know that Rhode Island has officially stopped flying all of their's as well as New Hampshire. I believe they were some of the last states to be flying the old girl. I am actually the very first aviator to return to my unit with out ever having ridden in a flying huey. Trust me there were times where I was looking to PL to just be able to get the ride home, but it never worked out.
Thanks Dan. I had a ride in one of those FlatIron birds when we PL'd many years ago, I wasn't aware that they still fly them.
But I was really looking for Mechatnew to give me at least one of these guard units, let alone an active unit!, that he speaks of. There are still a few old Huey's flying around for research, light support (ie: Rucker), but none of these are in active/guard units, and certainly none of these are deploying to Afghanistan!
UH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5636 times:
I guess I should have been more specific. We were talking about the possibility of an Army UH-1 flying around Afghanistan, and when I asked for a guard/active unit with UH-1s... I thought it was understood that I was asking for a deployable line unit. Sorry for the confusion.
The MNG had two UH-1Hs, but were replaced in 2009 with two LUH-72As. I looked and did not find anything stating that the UH-1s are still flying. Where is your info coming from?
Quoting mechatnew (Reply 9): also the active duty test unit at Holloman AFB had some last Oct.
Quoting KCMike (Reply 10): So there is atleast 10 UH-1H left on active duty for a couple more months.
Quoting KPDX (Reply 12): Fort Hood still flies 3 or 4 UH-1s around the base.
...But none of these aircraft in test units, OPFOR units, or odd ball units are deployable line units, in either active or guard duty. There is no way ANY of these listed aircraft could have been seen flying around southern Afghanistan.
For US personnel, the only UH-1s flying in Afghanistan, belong to the USMC, USAF, Xe Services (blackwater)/CIA, etc.
That article was interesting! Nice that they fly the ones given to them to scrap until the 150 hours for mandatory maintanance is up... get every lil bit you can out of them before they have to... sadly.. go.
I was born at Ft. Rucker and have lots of time riding in Hueys (civilian with Dad flying) so that will always be the helicopter dearest to my heart. Sad that they are around less and less but they won't be gone forever for a long time.
" But the AVCRAD is saying goodbye to one helicopter model that has been a mainstay for the U.S. military. In September the UH-1 Iroquois was retired from the Army inventory. To mark the event, the 1108th AVCRAD scheduled a ceremony in early October 2009 to formally retire the Huey and pay tribute to the Mississippi pilots and crew who flew the helicopter for the Army National Guard."
So I'm doubtful there is any remote possibility that some obscure UH-1 from the Mississippi AVCRAD could have been flying around southern Afghanistan.
KCMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 537 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5545 times:
I suppose the topic was a bit strayed from. Its pretty clear that no standard army aviation assets or modern CAB's have the UH1. Its interesting to hear where the last hueys are still operating at. Good thread
JohnM From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 310 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 11 hours ago) and read 5385 times:
The UH-1H and V have not been deployable in the Army for many, many years. While in use CONUS and places like Hohenfels, Germany (CMTC), the parts and troops to fly and maintain them existed only in the ARNG and a few isolated AD units. My old ARNG unit the saying was mall security would deploy before us, since we had UH-1s. When we got UH-60s, we were gone ASAP.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13368 posts, RR: 64 Reply 20, posted (3 years 3 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5168 times:
AFAIK, the Geramn Army uses UH-1Ds in Afghanistan (together with CH-53Gs). I had my first and so far only flight in a helicopter in a Bundeswehr UH-1D back when I was 12 years old. The nickname for these choppers in Germany is "Teppichklopfer" (Carpet beater) due to the sound they make.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16316 posts, RR: 52 Reply 21, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5046 times:
According to Combat Aircraft magazine's 2009 US Army airpower briefing the Army had in their inventory 123 UH-1H/V's, none in CAB's, TAB's or other deployable units. The Units that still operate the UH-1s (as of October 2009) are;
. US Army Air Ambulance detachment Yakima Training Center, Washington
. CARA Aviation section Phillips AAF Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
. 5th aviation battalion (Provisional) JRTC Polk AAF, Fort Polk, Louisiana
. Corps Support Battalion NTC Fort Irwin/ Barstow Dagget AHP, California
. ABNSOTD Aviation branch Simmons AAF, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
. Flight test directorate Cairns AAF, Fort Rucker, Alabama
. Redstone AAF, (ATTC) Redstone Arsenal , Alabama
. Range Operations Directorate (WSMR) Holloman AFB, New Mexico
. Yuma Proving Ground Air operations Department Laguna AAF, Yuma, Arizona
. 21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat) HHT/ 21st CAV Hood AAF, Fort Hood, Texas
. Redstone Arsenal (AMCOM) Alabama
. Lakehurst NAES, NJ 12WD Flight Activity (CERDEC)
. NVESD Air Systems division Davison AAF, Fort Belvoir, Virginia
. Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AMRDEC) Felker AAF, Fort Eustis, Virginia
. 110th Aviation Brigade (training) 1-223rd AVN Cairns AAF, Fort Rucker, Alabama
. US Army Europe JMRC Aviation Detachment Hohenfels, Germany (transitioning to UH-72 in FY '10)
. US Army Space and Missile Defense Command Aviation Detachment Bucholz AAF, Kwajalein Atoll