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Little Bird

Based on the design of the Boeing 530F, the A/MH-6 (commonly known as "Little Birds") are operated by Special Operations Aviation Regiments in the Army. These small, very maneuverable "birds" make them ideal in tight situations

The AH-6 (Attack Helicopter-6) is a gunship that has a removable mounting system (called a "plank") and the MH-6 (Military Helicopter-6) has a "people plank" that allows the transport of soldiers externally on each side of the 'Copter.

Specifications

Based on the 520N
Fuselage and tail:
Length overal, Rotor turning 28 feet 6 inches (8.69 m)
Fuselage 25 feet 0 inches (7362 m);
Height Overall 9 feet 10.75 inches (3.01 m) to top of motor head with standard skids;
Stabilizer span 6 feet 9.5 inches (2.07 m);
Skid track 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m)

Weights:
Empty 1,636 pounds (742 kg)
Normal take-off 3,350 pounds (1519 kg)
Maximum overload take-off 3,850 lb (1746 kg)

Speed:
Never exceed speed 152 kt (175 mph; 281 km/h)
maximum crusing speed at sea level 135 kt (155 mph; 249 km/h)

Performance:
Maximum rate of climb at sea level 1,850 feet (565 m) perminute
Service celing 14,175 feet (4320 m)
Hovering celing 9,035 feet (2,755 m) in groiund effect and 5,045 feet (1540 m) out of ground effect


Manufacturers

Boeing; modified by US Army.


Source(s): Encyclopedia of World Military Aircraft, Airtime Publishers and Philadelphia Online: Blackhawk Down.
Photo Courtesy of US Army.


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