UH1-Y - Benefits and Deficiencies
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Imagine for a moment the piercing sound of a vintage siren. This is no Fourth of July parade actions are set in motion without a spoken word and no smiles are to be found. Marines sprint to the aircraft on the line, dashing from their makeshift workspaces with the greatest sense of urgency. The smell of jet fuel permeates the air as rotors begin to turn. The pilots finish the last touches of securing their flight gear while the ground crew prepares the aircraft for whatever may be on the horizon. The pilots, the aircrew, and the ground crew all move with a purpose and with seamless transition from one task to the next. Each action is calculated and accomplished with speed and accuracy that would impress the finest NASCAR pit crew. The aircraft, a mixed section of H-1s, launch in response to a TIC troops in contact. Their timeliness will determine the success and survivability of the Marines in contact with the enemy. The Marines effectiveness has been finely tuned through decades of training, combat experience, and the refinement of equipment. The newest enhanced model of the Marine utility helicopter, the UH-1Y, should improve timeliness and combat effectiveness. However, the addition of new mission equipment, it has proven to detract from the Marines ability to perform combat missions in an effective and timely manner.