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Sikorsky R-6 — vintage helo from WW II being renewed

19 August 2015

 

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum looking through the nose into the cockpit — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Helicopters first saw military service during World War II and this Sikorsky R-6 Hoverfly II could have been one of them. The American Helicopter Museum is again showing its ambition in its airframe-up restoration of an R-6 — one which had been a former swamp resident.

The first Hoverfly II accomplished its inaugural flight in October 1943 with the type entering service with the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1045. Several also flew for the U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm.

The pilot and observer/passenger could travel at up to 100 mph as high as 10,000 feet with the three rotor blades and tail rotor powered by the 240 hp Franklin 0-4-5-9 air-cooled reciprocating engine.

Frank Zook, of the museum, took me into this restoration space and allowed these images to be captured. Frank, we cannot thank you enough 🙂

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 Hoverfly II during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum right-side view, note the three-point landing gear design and straight tail boom (differentiating it from the Hoverfly) — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum detail of right-side fuel tank — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum looking forward along the right hand side of the fuselage — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum detail off the rotor mast — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum view of rotor mast and engine bay — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum aft portion of the right hand side of the fuselage — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum, the Hoverfly II’s rotor blades — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

 

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