Reference Number : BELL UH1H 72 - 21509
The photos below show the BELL UH1H 72 - 21509 in its
sad condition as it was at the storage depot location prior to starting the
You will be able to monitor the progress of the restoration
through the rest of the photos.
Restoration started in November 2003 after the agreed
purchase of the helicopter from the owners.
The helicopter at that time was in storage at NW helicopters
in Seattle and on our initial visit had appeared to have been used as a donor
aircraft for spares for other helicopters.
"The photos show this"
All the restoration work has been carried out by Brian
Reynolds and his excellent team of engineering staff who have done a fantastic
The man who deserves a medal in all of this is 'Marvin
Kottman' who has been given the unfortunate job of having to negotiate the
export license for "an ex-military helicopter"
This is not an easy job and is a task that has not to be
taken light heartedly.
"Anyway, back to the project in hand"
BELL UH1H 72 - 21509 and another UH1H awaiting their fate!
BELL UH1H 72 - 21509 showing the missing tail boom, side
inspection panel and main rotor gear box. Nov '03
BELL UH1H 72 - 21509 showing the missing tail boom and
engine Nov '03
BELL UH1H 72 - 21509 co-pilots view of the dismantled
electrical bay and instrumental panel "Not a pretty sight" Nov '03
BELL UH1H 72 - 21509 The passenger area, sorry! "The trash
can". Complete with mattress, plastic bags, tin cans and scrap. Nov '03
BELL UH1H 72 - 21509 A better view of the passenger area.