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Light Observation and Liason Helicopters
« on: November 12, 2006, 07:31:52 am »
Won by the Hughes 500/YOH-6a Cayuse, as we all know...




but what about the other entries?  i was rooting around in an old helicopter book this morning and found 2 other entrants for the competition...

the Fairchild-Hiller Model 1100/YOH-5a







and the Bell Model 206/YOH-4a






History shows that after a bit of work, including a pretty substantial redesign of the fuselage and some engine/rotor tinkering, the Bell Model 206a, or Jetranger was born...in turn going on to defeat the YOH-5a in the re-opened LOH competition in 1968, and enter service as the OH-58a Kiowa.

What if the YOH-4a or the YOH-5a had won instead?  It looks possible to graft another bubble onto most of a jetranger body - maybe a BO-105?  Still plenty to do though (and quite possibly way out of my meagre talents) - i may draw a couple though...



 
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Re: Light Observation and Liason Helicopters
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2006, 07:37:10 am »
How about a Westand built Gazelle as an entrant to the competition also?  Could have some interesting possibilities.

First flight was early 1967, so it might just squeak in.

 
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Re: Light Observation and Liason Helicopters
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2006, 09:15:46 am »
Fairchild-Hiller in US Army Aircavalry colours....

(sorry in advance for very rough profile)

 
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Re: Light Observation and Liason Helicopters
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2006, 10:31:08 am »
More modern OH-4 with features incorporated into later Kiowa models (weapons, antennae and sights, rotor guard, wire cutter, etc).

again, apologies for the dodgy profile!

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Re: Light Observation and Liason Helicopters
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2006, 11:31:39 am »
More about the Gazelle idea - not necessarily the most realistic option, but she looks pretty decent in these colours....

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Re: Light Observation and Liason Helicopters
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2006, 06:31:35 pm »
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Hmmm!! Tasty!!!!!!!!!

That's one for me to steal!!

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Re: Light Observation and Liason Helicopters
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2006, 07:25:45 pm »
please do!
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