Author Topic: c/n 636, N101BL  (Read 1283 times)

Doug Johnson

c/n 636, N101BL
« on: March 25, 2015, 07:09:21 AM »
3 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.

Previous posts about  N101BL  or anything click on      http://flyhelio.com/smf/index.php?action=search     Enter ?
 
c/n 636, built 03/64 as U-10B s/n 63-13183 for US Army, t/n “63-131383” USAF accepted 03/64, USAF Struck off Charge released to US Army 06/64, Army lease to (CIA) Air America  as “183” (23rd Helio of 29 acquired) accident(1) the pilot failed to see and avoid a taxi obstruction @ an unknown place 07/65, accident(2) made a hard landing @ Ban Cha in Laos 09/65, accident(3) taxied into a fuel drum, damaging the propeller @ (LS-69A) Ban Xieng Lom Laos 02/66, accident(4) during an aborted takeoff damaged the left main landing gear and wing, the prop and the engine @ (LS-153) Moung Kassy 05/67, accident(5) brake problems caused the aircraft to ground loop resulting in several wrinkles in the crash-cage/fuselage @ Sam Thong (LS-20) Laos 10/67, incident a fast moving thunderstorm of more than 70 knots passed through damaging several Helios including “183” wrinkled skin @ Vientiane’s Wattay airport, returned to the US Army 06/69, ?, '72 US Army Attache (ARMA) Vientiane as “183” and supported by Air America at least between 1/73 and 1/75, leased as HS-CHF Thailand Sky of Siam Co. Ltd 1/76, sold by USA Sales Contracting Officer Sales Office (Sagami) Defense Property Disposal as N101BL, Akamai Aviation Inc (Gayle Gardner) HI sold '76, Norman Yett & Gayle Gardner installed Rayay/Riley Turbochargers sold '94, Michael Steel (United Council for World Freedom) CA sold '95, King Kona productions inc HI, shown towing water skiers destroyed while filming movie “Waterworld” deliberately crashed in final scene, incident deliberately crashed on takeoff in final scene by blowing explosive bolts that attach floats to fuselage @ area four miles from Universal city CA sold '?, wreck salvage bought by someone in AK for parts, Michael Steele owns data plate           (mockup of c/n 636 used in filming reportedly owned by Steve Murray)

I was supposed to get a photo of c/n 1006 the first known use of a Helio to tow water skiers while with Northwest Safari Lodge. But it hasn't happen yet maybe I'll eventually get one.

Anyone know who the "someone in Alaska" was that bought the N101BL wreck salvage ?



Paint scheme is post apocolypse urban camoflauge

« Last Edit: March 25, 2015, 07:37:05 AM by Doug Johnson »
Doug

Doug Johnson

Re: c/n 636, N101BL
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2015, 07:44:42 AM »
No 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.

Previous posts about  “63-13184” or anything click on     http://flyhelio.com/smf/index.php?action=search     Enter ?

c/n 637, (reportedly) built 04/64 as U-10A s/n 63-13184 for US Army, t/n “63-131384” USAF accepted 04/64, USAF struck off Charge 06/64, Army Special Forces? FT Bragg NC (Army records misplaced ?) probably w/o as dbr or CIA '?,  ?
Doug

Doug Johnson 1

Re: c/n 636, N101BL
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2017, 07:43:52 AM »
I wonder how c/n 637 got tacked on the bottom of the c/n 636 post wish I had edit privileges to my old posts.

Here are a couple photos, I found one at an Air America site. At first I thought they were all lining up to try to get in then realized they were just getting out of the rain, another benefit of high wing airplanes.

No matter how much I squint my eyes, I can't tell if the writing on the side says Air America or U.S. Army attache like the first photo. It was leased to Air America.

Anyone out there with good enough eyes to be able to tell?






« Last Edit: May 24, 2017, 11:22:52 AM by Doug Johnson 1 »

airshiptv

Re: c/n 636, N101BL
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2017, 08:52:57 AM »
Steve Murray told me a story 10 years ago or so that he put together a second Waterworld Helio that was used for green screen studio shooting.  Thats all I know. Be interesting to learn more.