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  • usa Helicopter Training Squadron Eight

    US Navy


    HT-8 : Eightballers
    United States Naval Aviation

    1960 to present    





    Helicopters

    Helicopter Training Squadron Eight
    HT-8 was formed at NAS Ellyson Field, Pensacola Florida, as Helicopter Training Unit one (HTU-1) on 1950.

    In 1960 HTU-1 became the eighth squadron in the Naval Air Basic Training Command and renamed to its current name

    In 1972 the squadron moved to NAS South Whiting Field and was splitted: HT-8 keeping basic training ( flying TH-57A Sea Ranger ) whilst HT-18 becaming the new advanced helicopter training squadron ( flying Hueys TH-1L ) . Marines UH-1E & TH-1E were also used.

    From 1985 the TH-57B/C models replaced the TH-57A and HT-8 with HT-18 became mirror image squadrons both providing basic and advanced training



    Nov63-Dec65, my dad Capt Johns was instructor with HT-8. He was then at NAAS Meridian MS (detached from HT-8?) 12/65 to 5/66 according to some plaques he got there are patches with a cricket with main and tail rotors and his orange flight suit has HT-8 Crickets embroidered on back im told he flew with some of the Mercury 7 and all of the Apollo 1 crew (Grissom in both groups)
    Jan68, I was assigned to HT-8 Ellison field. Then there was about 100 H-34 Helicopters, they were phased out and replaced with TH-1L. I was stationed there until May of 1971. I was a flight line trouble shooter ADR, Serviced those Helicopters hundreds of times
    Aug69, I was stationed with HT-8 at Ellison Field . We were just phasing out the 34's and Bell 13's on the primary side. As an ADR I was assigned to the light TH 57A. I worked the flight line, trouble truck, power plants and would fly with test pilots until being discharged in Dec. of 1972 due to the military cut back. I was married while an eight baller and after 46 years still happily married and proud of my time with HT 8. Bill Prescott ADR 3
    Oct70 I was assigned to HT-8 i. Worked a lot of Swing and Graveyard shifts. Went with HT-18 when the squadron split. Earned aircrew wings the summer of 1973. Hard to believe the Navy paid me to fly! Life long memories. Made the move to Whiting Field late 72 / early 73. Discharged March, 1974. Note: The last American to die in Viet Nam had been an instructor pilot in HT-18 while we were still at NAS Ellyson Field. Capt. William Nystul, USMC. He was flying plane guard as the embassy evacuation was concluding in April, 1975. A SVN helicopter entered the landing pattern without clearance and nearly collided with Nystul. This caused the Capt to go around again and he went into the water due to fuel starvation. He and his copilot died in the crash, but the two enlisted aircrew were rescued. I knew him and flew with him a few times. He was a good man and USMC officer. A number of articles on this can be found by searching for William Nystul in google. D Brown AK2


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    US Navy’s Newest Outlying Landing Field, 01-Feb-19 : #Escambia Following a land exchange with Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, outlying landing field Site X at NAS Whiting Field opened for helicopter training operations. NAS Whiting Field trains all Navy, Coast Guard and Marine helicopter pilots, as well as a number of international students each year



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    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    1973/    NAS Whiting FieldKNDZ
    1973/    Saufley FieldKNUN
    1960/73NAS Ellyson FieldKNDP


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    YearsModels
    1969/72TH-1L Iroquois
    1968/    206





    HT-8 List of helicopters

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    C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
    166 uh-25b 1953 129989 : Piasecki PV-18 cn 166, ff:?; acc USN as HUP-2S 129989, 28May53; Kept on fo+
    58-634 hss-1 1957 143910 : Sikorsky HSS-1, c/n 58-634, ff?; del USN as 143910, 24Jul57; to HSS-1N (AS+
    5002 th-57a 157356 : HT-8 E. w/o 02oct75
    5009 th-57a 157363 : w/o 11aug72. Preserved museum Pensacola as 162028 HT-8 E-64
    6407 TH-1L 157812 : HT-8 w/o 01dec71
    6438 TH-1L 157843 : HT-8 w/o 16jul71
    3437 th-57b 161695 : USN; HT-8 E-146
    3540 th-57b 161696 : USN; HT-8 E-140
    3541 th-57b 161697 : USN; HT-8 E-141
    3542 th-57b 161698 : USN; HT-8 E-142
    3543 th-57b 161699 : USN; HT-8 E-143
    3544 th-57b 161700 : USN; HT-8 E-144
    3545 th-57b 161701 : USN; HT-8 E-145
    3716 th-57c 162014 : USN; HT-8 E-50
    3723 th-57c 162015 : USN; HT-8 E-51
    3697 th-57c 162018 : USN; HT-8 E-54
    3698 th-57c 162019 : USN; HT-8 E-55
    3700 th-57c 162021 : HT-8 E-57
    3701 th-57c 162022 : HT-8 E-58
    3703 th-57c 162024 : HT-8 E-60
    3704 th-57c 162025 : HT-8 E-61
    3706 th-57c 162027 : HT-8 E-63
    3708 th-57c 162029 : HT-8 E-65
    3710 th-57c 162031 : USN HT-8
    3712 th-57c 162033 : USN; HT-8
    3713 th-57c 162034 : USN; HT-8
    3715 th-57c 162036 : USN; HT-8
    3718 th-57c 162038 : USN; HT-8
    3719 th-57c 162039 : USN; HT-8
    3720 th-57c 162040 : US Navy; 2011 HT-8./76
    3721 th-57c 162041 : USN; HT-8
    3722 th-57c 162042 : USN; HT-8
    3724 th-57c 162043 : USN; HT-8 E-79
    3725 th-57c 162044 : USN; HT-8 E-80
    3691 th-57c 162047 : USN HT-8
    3692 th-57c 162048 : USN HT-8
    3693 th-57c 162049 : USN HT-8
    3695 th-57c 162051 : USN HT-8
    3729 th-57c 162053 : USN HT-8
    3730 th-57c 162054 : USN HT-8
    3731 th-57c 162056 : USN; pictured as TAW-5, HT-8 /E-92 at Tyndall AFB, FL
    3732 th-57c 162057 : USN HT-8
    3733 th-57c 162058 : USN HT-8
    3734 th-57c 162059 : USN HT-8
    3735 th-57c 162060 : USN HT-8
    3736 th-57c 162061 : USN HT-8
    3737 th-57c 162062 : USN HT-8
    3739 th-57c 162064 : USN HT-8
    3740 th-57c 162065 : USN HT-8
    3741 th-57c 162066 : USN HT-8 d/d 1990
    3742 th-57c 162067 : USN HT-8
    3747 th-57c 162666 : USN HT-8 d/d 1990
    3751 th-57c 162668 : USN HT-8 E-106
    3752 th-57c 162669 : USN HT-8 E-107
    3753 th-57c 162670 : USN HT-8 E-108
    3758 th-57c 162672 : USN HT-8 E-110
    3759 th-57c 162673 : USN HT-8 E-111
    3760 th-57c 162674 : USN HT-8 E-112
    3762 th-57c 162676 : USN HT-8 E-114
    3768 th-57c 162679 : USN HT-8 E-117
    3769 th-57c 162680 : USN; 2010 HT-8 /E-118
    3774 th-57c 162682 : USN HT-8 E-120
    3828 th-57b 162803 : USN HT-8 E-147
    3829 th-57b 162804 : USN HT-8 E-148
    3830 th-57b 162805 : USN HT-8 E-149 d/d 1992
    3831 th-57b 162806 : USN HT-8 E-150
    3835 th-57b 162810 : USN HT-8 E-154
    3836 th-57c 162811 : USN HT-8 E-125
    3839 th-57c 162814 : USN HT-8 E-128
    3840 th-57c 162815 : USN HT-8 E-129
    3841 th-57c 162816 : USN HT-8 E-130
    3842 th-57c 162817 : USN HT-8 E-131
    3844 th-57c 162819 : USN HT-8 E-133
    3846 th-57c 162821 : USN HT-8 E-135
    3847 th-57c 162822 : USN HT-8 E-136
    3848 th-57c 162823 : USN HT-8 E-137
    3882 th-57b 163312 : USN HT-8 E-155
    3883 th-57b 163313 : USN; as HT-8 /E-156 pictured at NAS Whiting Field; Marines titles
    3884 th-57b 163314 : USN HT-8 E-157
    3885 th-57b 163315 : USN HT-8 E-158
    3886 th-57b 163316 : USN HT-8 E-159
    3887 th-57b 163317 : USN HT-8 E-160
    3888 th-57b 163318 : USN HT-8 E-161
    3889 th-57b 163319 : USN HT-8 E-162
    3890 th-57b 163320 : USN HT-8 E-163
    3891 th-57b 163321 : USN HT-8 E-164
    3892 th-57b 163322 : USN HT-8 E-165
    3893 th-57b 163323 : USN HT-8 E-166
    3894 th-57b 163324 : USN HT-8 E-167
    3895 th-57b 163325 : USN HT-8 E-168
    3896 th-57b 163326 : USN HT-8 E-169
    3900 th-57b 163330 : USN HT-8 E-173
    3901 th-57b 163331 : USN; 10mar94 pictured as HT-8 /E-174 at NAS Whiting Field, FL
    3903 th-57b 163333 : USN HT-8 E-176
    3904 th-57b 163334 : USN HT-8 E-177
    3908 th-57b 163338 : USN HT-8 E-181
    3909 th-57b 163339 : USN HT-8 E-182
    3910 th-57b 163340 : USN HT-8 E-183
    3911 th-57b 163341 : USN; 10mar94 pictured as HT-8 /E-184 at NAS Whiting field, FL
    3912 th-57b 163342 : USN HT-8 E-185 w/o 13nov08


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