Saturday, May 7, 2011

Seawolf 324 will fly again....and go to Oshkosh AirVenture 2011

Seawolf 324 has been in storage since last July here in Show Low, AZ inside the Overseas Aircraft Support hangar.  The transmission was removed and overhauled.  Yes, they found several things wrong inside that caused us to abort our trip to Oshkosh last year.

This year we are putting it back together and doing routine maintenance and inspections.  We plan to fly it around the local area for about 10 hours to make sure everything is good to go.  Then we will put the Huey on a trailer and haul it to Wisconsin.  Jet A fuel is almost $6.00 a gallon average, with some airports as high as $8.80 a gallon.  Also flying the helicopter cross country puts hours on the components, especially the rotor blades which are becomming very hard to find.

We need a set of rocket pods and a mini gun, plus some other armament items.  If you know where we can buy any helicopter gunship items, please let us know.

At Oshkosh EAA AirVenture 2011 the show will devote one full day to the Centennial of Naval Aviation with many Navy warbirds, including Seawolf 324, flying and on public display.  This year the show is July 25 to July 31.

Below are some photos taken today showing the current status of Seawolf 324.