General Category => General Helio Discussion => Topic started by: Doug Johnson on April 28, 2015, 06:54:51 AM

Title: c/n 1272, “7141”
Post by: Doug Johnson on April 28, 2015, 06:54:51 AM
1 picture check your albums. Please do an internet search maybe you'll come up with one I couldn't find, I need all the help I can get.

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c/n 1272, built 09/67 as U-10D s/n 66-14370 for USAF accepted 09/67, t/n “66-14370” to USAF Pacific Air Forces Command 14th SO Wing 5th SO Squadron Nha Trang AFB S/Vietnam 10/69, Thai MAP (1 of 7) Binh Thuy Air Base at Tuy Hoa, RTAF “7141” 7th Wing, 71st Sqn, Kiri Khan RTAFB Prachuap, Thailand, s/n บ.ธ.๑ service period 1969-'86?, fate ?

Title: Re: c/n 1272, “7141”
Post by: Doug Johnson on August 01, 2020, 09:18:40 AM
I replaced the same photo with one that has a little higher resolution.
Title: Re: c/n 1272, “7141”
Post by: xeyes on August 01, 2020, 02:13:47 PM
Why did the Army fly their Helios with out the gear leg fairings?
Title: Re: c/n 1272, “7141”
Post by: Doug Johnson on August 02, 2020, 09:37:46 PM
Both the USAF and the Army removed the gear leg fairing.

Someone somwhere, actually it think it was here on his site, said that checking the gearlegs for cracks was part of the military preflight inspection so they removed the gearleg fairings to simplify the walk around. The military routinely flew overgross [category 8]. I think Louis called that military useful load.

Actually, the Helio is quite strong so when placing a civilian a/c in category 8 and flying overgross which is legal with a log book endorsement, it mostly means that you use caution and reduce your maneuvering speed, if you encounter turbulence you slow down. It also requires you to inspect the aircraft overall and landing gear in particular, if you land a little hard while overgross. But everyone does that anyway. Don’t you?