Bell 205 A-1

Date Updated:
Friday August 18, 2006




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Technical Details
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The Bell Model 205A-1 operated
by the PAF is the export version of the UH-1 Huey.  It’s US military
equivalent is the UH-1H (i.e. like the S-70 is the export version of the
UH-60).  It was produced by Bell in the US, not in Italy by Agusta. 
Though Agusta did produce it’s own copy of the UH-1, those acquired by the
Philippines were produced by Bell. 

As noted previously, The major
external physical difference between the military version and commercial/export
B-205 is that the latter has it’s tail rotor on the starboard side while the
former has it on the port side. Engines and other details like crew armored
seating are generally the same.  See the UH-1 page
for further details.

It has generally been painted
in two color schemes – olive drab/green or overall white with day-glo orange
panels and large "Rescue" lettering on the fuselage sides.


Service History
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First delivered in 1984 and
operated by the 210th Helicopter Training Squadron as well as the 505th Air
Rescue Squadron.  Survivors have now as far as is known, been consolidated
into the
505th Air Rescue Group
which maintains squadrons at the three major
airbases in
the Philippines (Villamor,
Ebuen, and
Rajah Buayan).


Current Status
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Reflecting the deterioration of
the rest of the PAF, B.205A availability has come down consistently over the
years.


 


inventory


supportable


operationally ready


1991 (CY-91)


13


7


6


1992 (CY-92)


13


7


6


1993 (CY-93)


13


7


6


1994 (1st semester CY-94)


  8


7


5

2002
(Speculative)

7?

 

5?

Fleet Informationnew

PAF s/n


c/n


d/d                      


last noted, fate


notes


 


 


 


 


 


Fifteen Bell 205A-1s were acquired by the PAF. These are
Bell helicopters for the civil market and not from Agusta
license-production, in spite of often being referred to as AB.205s (those
have c/ns in the 4000-range). Note that the Bell 205 has its tail rotor on
the starboard side, while that of the UH-1H is on the port side. It is
thought that all Bell 205s were used in the SAR role, regardless of whether
they were in standard or white „Rescue“ colors.


 


 


 


 


 


310


30310


 


sold and r/d as RP-C1541 04.98


 


319


30319


 


05.98


 


320


30320


 


05.98


 


321


30321


 


11.97


 


322


30322


 


02.02


 


323


30323


 


w/o 13.04.01


 


324


30324


 


01.97


 


325


30325


 


sold and r/d as RP-C1542 04.98


 


326


30326


 


01.97


 


327


30327


 


sold and r/d as RP-C1543 04.98


 


328


30328


 


 


There is/was a UH-1H s/n


328 = 66-16328.


329


30329


 


sold and r/d as RP-C1544 04.98


 


330


30330


 


sold and r/d as RP-C1545 04.98


 


331


30331


 


03.85


 


332


30332


 


03.95


 

Write-Offsnew


date


s/n


event, location, fate of crew


13.04.01


323


Destroyed in crash on a thickly forested slope of 8,750ft
Mt. Pulag at Bgy. Ekip, Bokod, Benguet, near Ambuklao Lake. The helicopter
apparently hit a downdraught whilst flying in poor visibility en route from
its base at Villamor to Bgy. Batad, Asipulo,  Ifugao. Seven of the eleven
members of the Presidential Management Staff and Presidential Security Group
on board were injured, some seriously.