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Figure 6C-3. Load Plan for Four UH-1 Helicopters

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Figure 6C-4. MB-1 Chain Winching Bridle Attached to UH-1 Series Helicopter for Winching

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Figure 6C-5. Tiedown Support Beams Positioned in UH-1 Series Helicopter Ready for Tiedown

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Figure 6C-6. Tiedown Diagram for UH-1 Series Helicopters

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Table 6C-2. UH-1 Helicopters

Nomenclature Configuration Length Width Height (Pounds)
UH-1 Operational 638 in. 102 in. 156 in. 5,700 lb


METHODS FOR UH-1 SERIES Once the helicopter is in its final position, lower
HELICOPTERS. the inboard ground handling wheels until the skid
is resting on the shoring. Then lower the outboard
ground handling wheels. This will prevent the
6C-4. This section contains the instructions for loading, helicopter from striking the aircraft sidewall.
restraint, and offloading four UH-1 series helicopters with
minimum disassembly. This represents the maximum num-
ber of UH-1 series helicopters that can be loaded. If loading 5. The shipper is responsible for providing all shoring,
less than four UH-1 series helicopters, comply with the load approach shoring (Figure 6C-1), mattresses, tie down
plan, and follow procedures outlined in this section. support beams, and dual ground handling wheels.

PRACTICES. Approach shoring and dual ground handling wheels
must accompany the aircraft. This ensures avail-
6C-6. The following shall be observed during all opera- ability for offloading equipment.
tions involving the airlift of UH-1 series helicopters.
6. Individual unit weight, CG, and dimensions shall be
1. Access to the interior of each helicopter is required to furnished by the shipper prior to loading.
allow inspection of stowed equipment by aircrew per-
sonnel prior to loading. 6C-7. PREPARATION OF THE
2. UH-1 series helicopters lack the necessary structural
hard points for securing them for 3 G’s forward. 6C-8. Prepare the aircraft for loading the UH-1 series
helicopters as follows.
3. The shipper is responsible for all necessary disassem-
bly, preparation, palletization, and documentation of 1. Attach ramp toes in the high position and lower the
each helicopter presented for airlift. ramp to the vehicle loading position.

4. Tires on dual ground handling wheels should be ser- 2. Configure the cargo winch and position snatch blocks
viced to 50 psi minimum pressure. on the cargo compartment floor as necessary for left or

right side loading.

3. Position approach shoring as follows:

Operation of the ground handling wheels must be a. Position for centerline loading to load the No. 1
accomplished by authorized personnel only. Fail- and No. 2 helicopters.
ure to comply can result in personnel injury or
damage to equipment.
b. Position for left side loading to load No. 3

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c. Position for right side loading to load No. 4 3. Assign four loading crew members to stabilize and
helicopter. control boom during loading and final positioning.
Ensure the loading crew uses extreme caution when
6C-9. PREPARATION OF UH-1 SERIES maintaining control of the tail when loading the heli-
copters tail first, as this forces them to walk beside the
HELICOPTERS FOR LOADING. cargo winch cable.

6C-10. The UH-1 helicopter shall be prepared and deliv- 4. Assign one loading crew member each to monitor
ered to the aircraft for loading as follows: overhead clearance during loading and final position-
1. Remove FM whip antenna from tail pylon.
2. Remove horizontal stabilizer airfoils. EACH HELICOPTER.

3. Remove UHF/VHF blade antennas and pitot tube. 6C-14. To load each helicopter, proceed as follows.

4. Remove stabilizer bars, rotor blades, rotor hub and rotor 1. Ensure dual ground handling wheels are attached to
mast from No. 1 and No. 2 UH-1 helicopters. On No. 3 skid attaching points and raised to the full up position.
and No. 4 helicopters, remove both stabilizer bars and
align main rotor blades with the fuselage, removing the 2. Align the approach shoring with ground handling
forward rotor blade. wheels and skids of helicopter.

5. Remove one tail rotor. 3. A winching bridle made up of six MB-1 tiedown chains
shall be used to tow the helicopters into the aircraft.
6. Remove passenger footsteps on both sides. Attach the winching bridle around the helicopter lateral
cross tubes, above the longitudinal skids. Place the
chains twice around the cross tube struts, below the
7. Remove both hinged post panels. connecting bolt heads. (See Figure 6C-4).


The shipper must provide two tie down support

beams for each UH-1 series helicopter. The tie
Do not attach winching bridle or any other towing
down support beam must be constructed in accor-
device to towing rings on skids. These rings will
dance with Figure 6C-2.
not support helicopter when moving up the ramp.

8. Attach dual ground handling wheels to skid attaching

4. Attach winch cable to winching bridle (hook pointing
points and raise to the up position.
up) and take up cable slack.


6C-12. The following loading precautions shall be ob-

served during loading operations.
Ensure winching bridle is secure around cross
tubes and when under tension does not slide up
1. In order to load four UH-1 series helicopters utilizing toward fuselage.
ground handling wheels, the load sequence depicted in
Figure 6C-3 must be used. Anytime helicopters are 5. Load helicopter No. 1 as follows:
loaded side by side, they must be alternated nose to tail.
a. Slowly winch helicopter No. 1 up the ramp, nose
2. Ensure rotor blades are longitudinally aligned with the first. Direct the loading crew members to maneu-
helicopter fuselage on the helicopters loaded aft of FS ver the tail to maintain clearance of the helicopter
937. skids with the floor of the aircraft.

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b. While winching helicopter up the ramp, maintain 7. Load helicopter No. 3 nose first until the aft end of the
floor and overhead clearance by adjusting tail skid tubes reach FS 1050 following the same proce-
height. dures as outlined for helicopter No. 1.

c. Stop helicopter when ground handling wheels are

on the cargo compartment floor. Winching the
helicopter can continue or towing bridle may be
disconnected from struts and helicopter pushed
Ensure loading team members maintain positive
into the aircraft until the aft end of the skid tubes control of tail to preclude contact with adjacent
reach FS 540. helicopters.

NOTE 8. Load helicopter No. 4 as follows:

• If continued winching is desired, install snatch a. Slowly winch helicopter No. 4 up the ramp, tail
blocks for straight line cable pull. first. Direct the loading crew members to maneu-
ver the tail to maintain clearance of the helicopter
skids with the floor of the aircraft.
• For maximum seating and symmetrical tiedown
angles align the center of the helicopters to be
b. While winching helicopter up the ramp maintain
loaded on the right side with tiedown ring
floor and overhead clearance by adjusting tail
column E. Helicopters loaded on the left side
should be centered on column C.

d. When helicopter is in final tiedown position, place

1/2 inch (minimum) plywood, eight (8) inches in
width and ninety six (96) inches in length under
helicopter skids, (between ground handling wheels). Ensure loading team members maintain positive
control of tail to preclude contact with adjacent
e. Lower the ground handling wheels to the down helicopters and aircraft ceiling or center wing box.
position, remove wheels from helicopter skids,
and secure wheels in the helicopter compartment. c. Stop helicopter when nose is forward of FS 1403.

c c
Ensure all protrusions from the nose of the heli-
• During on/offload of helicopter No. 2, use copter will clear the ramp toes when in the vertical
extreme caution in maintaining clearance be- position.
tween the ramp floor and the forward end of the
helicopter skids. Also, monitor the clearance
d. Secure the helicopter to the aircraft ramp with two
between the tail and the aft edge of the center
MB-1 tiedown chains (one chain for forward
wing box.
restraint, and one chain for aft restraint).

• When loading helicopter No. 2, exercise ex- e. When helicopter is in final tiedown position, place
treme caution with clearance under the bracket 1/2 inch (minimum) plywood, eight (8) inches in
that protrudes into the loading envelope at FS width and ninety six (96) inches in length under
351. helicopter skids, (between ground handling wheels).

6. Load helicopter No. 2 tail first into the aircraft until the f. Lower the ground handling wheels to the down
aft end of the skid tubes reach FS 670. Once the No. 2 position.
helicopter is in position follow the same procedures as
listed for helicopter No. 1 for positioning on the parking g. Remove the approach shoring and load on the
shoring. aircraft.

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c each ring in opposite directions. All other tiedowns

remain as depicted.
When closing the aircraft ramp, ensure the tail of
helicopter No. 4 clears the nose of the previously 2. Secure fuselage and tail boom as outlined in Figure
loaded helicopter, and does not contact the aircraft 6C-6.
floor. Ensure the tail of No. 3 does not contact the
aircraft ramp floor.
PROCEDURES. 6C-18. Prepare the aircraft for offloading in the same
manner as for loading.
6C-16. The UH-1 series helicopter shall be restrained as
1. Place one tiedown support beam behind the pilot’s and HELICOPTER FOR OFFLOADING.
copilot’s seat, and one forward of the transmission
compartment, both running laterally across the helicop- 6C-20. No specific preparation of the helicopters is re-
ter (Figure 6C-5). quired for offloading, except to ensure dual ground handling

wheels are properly attached to skid attaching points and
raised to up position.


Tiedown support beams cannot be installed on
some helicopters. The shipper will attach tiedown 6C-22. Offloading is accomplished by essentially revers-
rings at the four aft/upper and lower hard points on ing the loading procedures, including all warnings, cautions,
each side. Two CGU-1/B straps will be attached to and notes.

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Figure 6C-1. Approach Shoring Requirements for On/Offloading UH-1 Series Helicopters

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Figure 6C-2. Tiedown Support Beam Construction Diagram for UH-1 Series Helicopters