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  • Kaman UH-2A

    This model is a version of Seasprite

    c/n 69

    Written off 1969

    Helicopter Kaman UH-2A Serial 69 Register 149767 used by US Navy USN (United States Naval Aviation). Aircraft history and location


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    1969-08-10Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 69, ff?
    del USN as UH2K-1, 149767 unk
    redesig UH-2A in 1962
    redesig UH-2C unk
    xfer HC-1, Det 31, UP-00?, unk
    asgd USS Sterett (DLG-31), unk
    w/o 10Aug69 due to control failure
    four crew recovered.

    Kaman UH-2C 10aug69, UH-2C type with HC-1 Det31 on USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31). I was on my 3rd flight of the day in this helo and we had just trapped the last jet for this session and our pilot decided to do an auto-rotation from 3,000 feet. When we pulled out there was a series of violent jerks and the next thing we knew we were going into the water upside down. When we hit water we were on our side for several seconds, deployed the airbags, but the helo sank fast. All four crew were safe, a destroyer picked us up and we were returned to the carrier by another UH-2C. Our flight crew consisted of Lt Bill Bentley, co-pilot LTJG John Lovell, myself (AN Dave Wiczek) and ADJ-2 Jerry Vanlandingham who sustained injuries of a broken collar bone and a broken arm. a/c sank to the bottom of the Tonkin Gulf and to my knowledge was never seen again HC-1

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