Monday September 04, 2006
PAF Huey taking off after taking on fuel and troops during the recently
concluded Balikatan exercises. The troops are going to be airdropped in
this exercise. The Huey in the photo is an ex-US army example (given away
by the wire-cutters above and below the cockpit, as well as the "bumps" on the
nose where the missile warning sensors should be).
Click on the thumbnails to get a larger picture.
The picture below shows a Huey taking off from a mountain top in Lanao on the
island of Mindanao on October 2002 in support of Army operations against rebels
in the area. Most likely another ex-US Army example.
Another PAF Huey taken during operations in Mindanao in 2006. It
appears to be one of the new batch of Hueys overhauled by Singapore
Technologies. Like most Hueys, it is armed with two M60D door mounted
Sign of things to come. First PAF Huey II (S#66890) participating in the first Asean Search and Rescue Exercise, June 2004.
Operated by the 505 ARG based out of Villamor Air Base. Note the different
profile of the nose, the repositioned tail rotor
and the wider chord main rotor blade (all taken from other Bell products i.e.
– nose from the Model 214).
Huey II number one Serial number 66890. The first Huey II conversion
done in South East Asia. Airframe was an old PAF H model Huey that was in
need of major repair became the first Huey 2 conversion done by the PAF with the
assistance of Bell. Thank you to PAFUnixGeek for the photos.
Another photo of 66890 taken by Jerry Laviña in
September 2006 and released for publication by the 505th Air Rescue Group with
thanks. Note the position of the tail rotor – H model Hueys have the
rotors on the other side where they are less effective. This was among the
improvements made to later model AB-205s and the HueyII to give those types
better tail rotor authority.
Huey II number two #22662. Basically the same Huey II conversion program
but this time done completely in house with no assistance from the manufacturer
– all the same parts and the same process as Huey II number one (66890) but not
certified by the manufacturer. By doing it this way, the PAF saved quite a
bit of funds to get basically the same product. It shows the increasing
sophistication of PAF maintenance personnel when proper funding is received.
Note that the PAF already had a Huey engine and airframe overhaul facility over
20 years ago but this was allowed to languish until relatively recently.
This conversion has a nose radome fitted and a Stormscope installed. This
gives the air craft an all weather and weather penetration capability, something
sorely lacking within the PAF. As with the first conversion, this unit has
been assigned to the 505 Air Rescue Group where it’s improved performance,
greater lifting ability as valued especially during operations in heavy weather.
Note that the nose is basically from the Model 214.
Another view of the radome (with Stormscope fitted
inside) of 22662 taken by Jerry Laviña in September 2006 and released for
publication by the 505th Air Rescue Group with thanks. Note that the
Stormscope gives the helo an IFR and weather avoidance capability – a capability
that few PAF helicopters have.
Close up shot of Huey II number two showing the serial and tail rotor detail.
One of the major differences between the Huey II and the H model Huey is the
placement of the tail rotor. H model Huey have theirs on the opposite
side. The Huey II like it’s AB205 cousins have their on the starboard side
where there is better tail rotor authority required to offset the more powerful
engine. In addition to the repositioning of the tail rotor, the tail boom
has also been replaced and reinforced.
View of Huey II number 2 (SN#22662) from aft to forward showing the tail skid
and horizontal stabilizer as well as the engine exhaust "hell hole" and new main
Fuselage photo of Huey SN#22662. Red circle that shows through the
transparency is the fuel tank cover.
Huey SN#22662 also carries an internal rescue hoist that is extended over the
side during rescue operations and is operated by a winch man.
Detail shot of the main rotor that shows the increased chord of the blade as
well as the stabilizer bar without which the helicopter would be barely
controllable. Note that the rotor blade grips, mast, stabilizer bar and
control rods are all new. The rotor itself is the same as that used by the
Bell 212 which the PAF also operates as well as that of the later single-engined
models of the Huey Cobra, a type which the PAF has expressed and interest in.
PAF Bell 212. a type which shares the much of the same parts as the PAF Huey II
with one major exception – the Bell 212 uses the Pratt and Whitney of
Canada PT6 twin pack engine with 1,530 horsepower while the Huey II uses a newer
version of the T-53 engine (T53-L-703) with 1,800 horsepower.