TH-6B Cayuse helicopter: Aircraft profile

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The TH-6B aircraft is a four-place, dual control, single engine helicopter.

TH-6B Cayuse helicopter: Patuxent River, Md. (Aug. 3, 2005) - A TH-6B Cayuse helicopter, assigned to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, takes off for a training flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLainTH-6B Cayuse helicopter: Patuxent River, Md. (Aug. 3, 2005) - A TH-6B Cayuse helicopter, assigned to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, takes off for a training flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain

It is equipped with a single main rotor, tail rotor, and an oleo damped, skid-type landing gear.

The four-bladed main rotor system is fully articulated, with rotary-friction lead-lag or linear elastometric dampers. The tail rotor is a two-bladed anti-torque rotor of the semi-rigid type. The aircraft is powered by a single turbo shaft engine that is mounted in the aft fuselage section directly behind that cabin. Power is supplied to the rotors through a main transmission, a tail rotor transmission, and interconnecting drive shafts.

Features

The TH-6B is the Navy derivative of the MD-369H. The TH-6B is an integral part of the United States Naval Test Pilot School’s test pilot training syllabus. The aircraft and associated instrumentation and avionics are used for the in-flight instruction and demonstration of flying qualities, performance and missions systems flight test techniques.

TH-6B Cayuse helicopter: Patuxent River, Md. (Aug. 3, 2005) – A pilot assigned to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, inspects the rotor blades of his TH-6B Cayuse helicopter prior to flight as an HH-60H Seahawk helicopter, assigned to Naval Rotary Wing Two One (HX-21), takes off behind him. The United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) provides instruction to experienced pilots, flight officers, and engineers in the processes and techniques of aircraft and systems test and evaluation. The school investigates and develops new flight test techniques, publishes manuals for use of the aviation test community for standardization of flight test techniques and project reporting, and conducts special projects. USNTPS operates approximately 50 aircraft of 13 types. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLainTH-6B Cayuse helicopter: Patuxent River, Md. (Aug. 3, 2005) – A pilot assigned to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, inspects the rotor blades of his TH-6B Cayuse helicopter prior to flight as an HH-60H Seahawk helicopter, assigned to Naval Rotary Wing Two One (HX-21), takes off behind him. The United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) provides instruction to experienced pilots, flight officers, and engineers in the processes and techniques of aircraft and systems test and evaluation. The school investigates and develops new flight test techniques, publishes manuals for use of the aviation test community for standardization of flight test techniques and project reporting, and conducts special projects. USNTPS operates approximately 50 aircraft of 13 types. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain

Service: Navy

General Characteristics

Primary Function: Training helicopter for US Naval Test Pilot School
Contractor: McDonnell Douglas Helicopters, Inc.
Date Deployed: 1992
Length: 30 feet 4 inches
Height: 7 feet 6.7 inches
Weight: Basic Weight: 1,138 pounds; Maximum Gross Weight : 2,550 pounds
Airspeed: 130 knots Maximum
Ceiling: 15,000+ feet.
Range: 300 miles Maximum
Crew: Two
Armament: None

Source: US Navy

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