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Bell 209 AH-1 Cobra 3
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Kawasaki Heavy Industries 369HS 1
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Sikorsky S-61 H-3 7
Sikorsky S-62 HH-52 3
Sikorsky S-64 CH-54 2
Sikorsky S-65 H-53 4
Westland Sea King 3
Westland Sioux 3
Westland Wasp 1
Westland Wessex 4
Westland Whirlwind 1

YearVersionC/N
1981 206a 255 PT-HBY : Bell 206A cn255, ff:?; del Brazil as PT-HBY, unk; w/o 12Jul81.
1981 206a 270 US N4717R : Bell 206A cn270, ff:?; reg Bell Helicopters as N4717R, unk; xfer US as N4717R, unk; conv Bell 206B-2, unk; w/o Fruitland, UT, 03Dec81
1981 212 30705 US N392EH : ERA Helicopters Jun75-Mar91; w/o 23aug81 at Kenai, AK
1981 212 31116 PE FAP-687 : FAP d/d 1979; w/o 21feb81
1981 212 31120 BR PT-HKW : Lider Taxi Aereo; ex N57485; w/o 22jul81 at Macae/RJ
1981 212 31163 UK G-BIJF : w/o 12aug81 crashed into the sea c 1nm SE of Dunlin A platform on a flight from Brent B to Dunlin A. Wreckage recovered.
1981 369hm 49-0039M CO FAC247 : FAC; w/o 12apr81
1981 369hm 49-0041M CO FAC249 : FAC; w/o 03oct81
1981 369hm 51-0208M DK H-208 : RDAF Esk724; d/d 07sep71; w/o 27may81
1981 369hs 76-0829S US N191BB : Sonoma County Sheriff Office (SCSO), CA from Aug77; w/o 24apr81; May81 canc as destroyed
1981 ab205a-1 4176 IT MM80778 : CC-34. 4 Nucleo Elicotteri. w/o 16nov81 at Viba Valentina, Catanzaro
1981 ab205a-1 4279 IT MM80714 : Esercito E.I.343. replaced c/n 4247 given to Morocco. 21 Gruppo. w/o 05sep81 at Monte Limbara, Sassari
1981 ab212 5609 AT 5D-HM : w/o 03jul81
1981 ah-1j 26071 US 160106 : USMC; conv AH-1T unk; w/o 18sep81
1981 ah-1j 26079 US 160114 : USMC; conv AH-1T unk; w/o 22may81
1981 ah-1t 26086 US 160748 : I have the data plate from the airframe after the crash; Manufacturer S/N 26086; Contract Number DAAJ01-77-C-0481; Accepted 4-78; Aircraft Identification Plate No. 00098
1981 CH-46D 2266 US 153370 : 1978-1979, I crewed this Bird in Okinawa with HMM-161. She was know as "Carelson's Magic Bus..
1981 CH-46D 2267 US 153371 : Former Cpl. Jr Venhous USMC. Crew chief of 153371 from feb68 to nov68, RSVN, @ Phu Bia
1981 CH-46D 2312 US 153961 : w/o 03mar81 as HMM-165 /YW-03 crashed while aboard the USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3). Crew chief was killed, both pilots made in out.
1981 CH-46D 2386 US 154035 : Was on deck that night...had just given up the LSE duties to my backup when the accident happened. Rest in peace my brothers.
1981 CH-46F 2565 US 157666 : BV-107M, c/n 2565, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 157666 18Nov69; xfer HMM-264 05Dec69; xfer H&MS-26 19Dec74; xfer HMM-264 31Mar75; further unit xfers unk; xfer HMM-164, YT-??, w/o 10Feb81.
1981 CH-46F 2608 US 157709 : Greg Boyle was the Crew Chief. The Navy Director (Yellow Shirt) was knocked off the deck most likely by a disintegrated rotor blade. I don't believe his body was recovered.
1981 ch-53a 65-105 US 153719 : During CQ hit another Squadron helicopter chained down on deck but running
1981 ch-53a 65-113 US 153727 : w/o 10feb81 HMH-462 /YF-
1981 ch-53d 65-307 US 157731 : w/o 17sep81 with HMM-263
1981 ch-54a 64-021 US 67-18419 : Sikorsky S-64A, c/n 64-021, ff?; del US Army as CH-54A 67-18419 unk; w/o 16Aug81.
1981 hh-3e 61-628 US 68-8282 : USAF; 38 ARRS w/o 1981
1981 hh-52a 62-022
US 1353 : I was the air crewman the night this aircraft went down.
1981 hh-52a 62-115 US 1427 : It was determined that a pitch change control rod broke while in flight.
1981 HH-53B 65-090 US 66-14435 : 1551st CCTW, Kirkland AFB; w/o 29sep81, aircraft and crew lost on during a night time combat training mission on Mt. Taylor near Grant, NM.
1981 hss-2 61-039 US 148967 : I was in it when it was ditched and lost at sea. Never recovered
1981 hss-2 61-051 US 148979 : crashed on a small island in the pacific during a radiological survey of bikini atoll. Hi speed shaft bolts failed causing fire in flight. Crew survived !!! Ask Lt. Hall....
1981 hss-2 61-066 US 148992 : USN; conv SH-3H; HS-8 w/o 16mar81
1981 hss-2 61-110 US 149696 : USN; conv SH-3G; HS-3 w/o 13sep81
1981 hss-2 61-127
US 149710 : my recall of the events
1981 hss-2 61-154 US 149736 : USN; conv SH-3H; HS-12 w/o 19sep81 tail rotor failure
1981 OH-6J 6312 JP 31012 : Kawasaki 369E, c/n 6312, ff?; del JGSDF as OH-6J, 31012 unk; unit xfers unk; w/o 05Sep81.


1981 S-55B 55-1004 US N874 : Sikorsky S-55B c/n 55-1004, ff:?; del Chicago Helicopter Airways as N874, 18Sep56; sold Loma Linda University, converted to aerial ambulance, unk; w/o near Beaumont, CA, 29May81.
1981 s-58b 58-807 US N4247 : xfer Carson helicopter as S-58, N4247, by Jul68; NTSB report: "Salem, NJ. Damage - none. Ground crew maneuvered sling load cable into contact with live power line. 08Jul70."; xfer Summit Timber as N4247 by Jan76; xfer Queen City Helicopter, 11May76; NTSB report: "Bellevue, WA. Damage - destroyed. Fire in flight due to FOD. 07Aug81"; FAA reports Undel Tri.
1981 s-62a 62-060 US N92863 : Sikorsky S-62A c/n 62-060, ff ~1964; registered Sikorsky as N92863; del California Company as N92863, Mar65; w/o when fire in main rotor gearbox caused a lndg in a swamp near Venice, LA, 10Nov81; reg canx Apr86.
1981 S-64B 64-060 US N6965R : Sikorsky S-64E c/n 64-060, ff 1969; del ERA Aviation Inc as N6965R unk; dam when Cowdrey, CO 13Dec76, repaired & returned to service; w/o during logging operations near Kitsault Village, BC, Canada, 05Jun81, 2 fatalities.
1981 sa315b 2267 AR H-61 : FAA d/d 13dec72; w/o 01feb81
1981 sa316b SV 21 : FAS, w/o 1981
1981 sa316b SV 24 : FAS, w/o 1981
1981 sa318c 2230 GR SX-HAI : Olympic Airways; w/o 13jun81
1981 sa330f 1308 KW 560 : Kuwait air force; w/o 10jun81
1981 sa330h 1380 SN 6W-SHK : Senegal airforce d/d 1977; w/o 1981
1981 sa330l 1433 ZA 174 : 29sep81 crashed at Oshakati during a brown out, 6 people on board were killed, the pilot survived. I was researching the three medical staff killed on this casevac flight for a Ops medic / Doctor Book
1981 ht.3 1314 UK XX396 : to Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search School by Jun 2017.
1981 sa342k 1325 KW 509 : SA342K del KAF as 509, unk; asgd 33/34 Sqn; w/o 11Apr81; noted dumped at Ali Al Salem AB, Feb12.
1981 se3130 1311 DE 75+29 : PD-135; PH-239; PH-208; HFB8; HFB200; HFS10; w/o 17.09.1981 Strassberg
1981 has.5 wa 875 UK XZ915 : noted at RNAS Culdrose Airday 25jul79 uncoded with 706NAS
1981 has.5 wa 877 UK XZ917 : noted at RNAS Culdrose Airday 25jul79 uncoded with 706NAS
1981 mk42 wa 735 IN IN503 : ditched at sea
1981 Sioux wa312 ZS-HJB : South Africa; w/o 07dec81
1981 Sioux wa371 D-HAFG : Private , w/o 15Jul81
1981 Sioux wa434/wap148 G-BGOZ : Private w/o 18Jun81, wreck Chilbolton
1981 UH-1B 1023
AU A2-1023 : w/o 19aug81
1981 UH-1B 3103 AU N9-3103 : RAN d/d 1965; BuNo 64-17623; w/o 26mar81 at Nowra; preserved Australia Museum of Flight Nowra
1981 UH-1B 513 NO 993 : BuNo 62-1993. w/o 24apr81
1981 UH-1E 6077 US 151883 : HML-776 QL-400 w/o 06feb81
1981 UH-1H 1H08 JP 41608 : Fuji-Bell 205B, c/n 1H08, ff:?; del JGSDF as UH-1H 41608 unk; unit xfers unk; w/o 03Mar81.
1981 uh-1h 9380 AU A2-380 : my dad was one of the men who saved the people aboard it when it crashed at shoalwater bay qld during Kangaroo 81; He saved the gunner Phil Dunn from the flaming wreck of A2-380
1981 UH-1N 31057 US 69-6651 : w/o 1981~ crashed at Kirtland AFB
1981 UH-1N 31449 US 160831 : USMC; w/o 29sep81 on USS Inchon (LPH-12)
1981 UH-1N 31655 US 158779 : w/o 28jan80 crashed and burned
1981 UH-1N 31656 US 158780 : USS Guam (LPH-9) w/o 19jul81
1981 UH-1N US 159703 : USMC; HML-367 /VT w/o 03feb81
1981 Wasp f.9588 UK XT418 : w/o 13 Dec 1981 while operating from HMS Endurance Flt/435-E, rolled over following beach landing on South Georgia. Stripped of parts and abandoned in place.
1981 has.1 wa 31 UK XM872 : To Westland early 1966 for conv to HAS.3, completed mid 1967. 706Sq/569-CU by summer 1967, RNAY Wroughton by Feb 1973, 737 Sq/662-PO by Jan 1976, w/o 11 Mar 1981 with 737 Sq when ditched off Portland, following an engine fire.
1981 has.1 wa 69 UK XP118 : noted on a lorry in Plymouth 22 Jun 1982, heading for Predannack (?)
1981 hu.5 wa270 UK XT448 : On a flight between NAS Jacksonville and Camp Lejeune while with 845Sq /S on HMS Hermes, a section of tail rotor failed and the airframe ditched and sank.
1981 mk.60 wa199 VR-BDS : Westland Wessex Mk.60, c/n WA199, first delivered to Bristow Helicopters Ltd. in England as G-ASWI, 1964; displayed as H.84 at Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, 01Jun67; lsd Helicopter Rentals, Bermuda as VR-BDS, unk; rtnd Bristow as G-ASWI, unk; CofA canx, 1981.
1981 har10 wa363 UK XP347 : Forced landing following tail rotor failure at Koksijde, while en route RAF Gutersloh.
    74 C/N found.


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