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Check Six – 1974: Sikorsky YUH-60A First Flight

October 17, 2020
First flight, Sikorsky YUH-60A 73-21650 at Stratford, Connecticut, October 17, 1974. (Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company)

From the This Day in Aviation website

Sikorsky Chief Pilot James R. (Dick) Wright and project chief test pilot John Dixson made the first flight of the prototype YUH-60A, 73-21650, at the company’s Stratford, Connecticut, facility. This helicopter was the first of three prototypes.

Early flight testing revealed excessive vertical vibrations associated with the main rotor. Extensive engineering and flight testing determined that this was caused by air flow upward through the rotor system and around the transmission and engine cowlings. The purpose of the low-mounted main rotor was to aid in fitting inside transport aircraft with minimal disassembly. It was necessary to increase the height of the mast and reshape the cowlings to achieve an acceptable level of vibration.

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