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The underslung rotor system of the UH-1 during low G manuevers led to mast bumping. Rumor has it that with 3 bumps, the rotor head snaps the mast and separated from the airframe. You won't see a Huey do those manuevers more than once.

The rigid rotor system is what is on this helicopter. If I'm not mistaken, it looks like a military variant of a BO-105 (Messerschimdt-Bolkow) sp? The BO-105's and the BK-117, popular with EMS, was a rough ride for the med crews and frequently caused airsickness. An excellent system for military applications.

I flew mostly Bell products. UH-1, OH-58, BH-206 LongRangers, and the 430. The most nimble helicopter I have flown is the Hughes OH-6. What a sports car, zipping along a river bed in Korea!! Ripping the Wing in the curves is the closest I can get to that exhiliration now.
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