ENGINEERING TEST OF UH-1B HELICOPTER EQUIPPED WITH FLOATATION LANDING GEAR
Final rept. 27 Jul-10 Sep 1965
ARMY AVIATION SYSTEMS TEST ACTIVITY EDWARDS AFB CA
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A limited engineering flight test evaluation of the UH-1B equipped with floatation landing gear was conducted by the U. S. Army Aviation Test Activity USAAVNTA. The objectives of the program were to verify and amplify the data obtained during the manufacturers flight testing and establish the basis for the Operators Manual data to be used for UH-1B helicopters equipped with floatation landing gear. A total of 40 flights for 27 productive flight hours was flown at Edwards Air Force Base and Bakersfield, California, from 27 July 1965 through 10 September 1965. The UH-1B equipped with floatation landing gear could be flown with reasonable safety within a restricted flight envelope compared with a standard UH-1B. The water handling characteristics were considered excellent. Several warning statements and notations describing peculiarities in handling quantities were recommended for insertion in the Operators Manual for operating UH-1Bs with floatation landing gear. A restricted flight envelope was recommended for the UH-1B equipped with floatation landing gear. The performance test results were recommended for incorporation in the Operators Manual.