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Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A, tail number 67-16649
The Army purchased this helicopter 0269

Date:12/15/1969

​Total flight hours at this point: 00000735

​Accident case number: 691215191

​Unit: DIV ART 23 INF

​The station for this helicopter was Chu Lai

​Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 0

​Repair Cost - $45,473

​Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members: P W2 CW WALTON


​Accident Summary:

AIRCRAFT HAD JUST DEPARTED QUANG NGHAI AIRFIELD FROM REFUELING, WAS ENROUTE ARTILLERY HILL, AND WAS APPROXIMATELY ONE MILE NE OF THE AIRFIELD WHEN THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED. THE PILOT WAS FLYING LOW LEVEL OVER A SANDY BEACH WHEN THE AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCED A RAPID DECREASE IN ROTOR RPM AND ENGINE SOUND. THE PILOT IMMEDIATELY ASSUMED AN ENGINE FAILURE HAD OCCURRED AND INITIATED A LOW LEVEL AUTOROTATION. HE MADE A CYCLIC CLIMB ADDING APPROXIMATELY 100 FEET TO HIS ALTITUDE AND COMPLETED HIS AUTOROTATION AFTER ACQUIRING A 60 KNOT ATTITUDE. THE PILOT INITIATED HIS INITIAL DECELERATION APPROXIMATELY 75 TO 100 FEET AGL.  HE PULLED INITIAL PITCH APPROXIMATELY 10 TO 15 FEET AGL AND DESCENDED VERTICALLY WITH A HIGH RATE OF DESCENT. THE AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN IN A NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE. ONE OF THE BLADES FLEXED DOWN ON TOUCHDOWN SEVERING THE TAILBOOM. THE DETACHED TAIL BOOM AND TAIL ROTOR SAILED TO A POINT APPROXIMATELY 30 TO 35 FEET IN FRONT OF THE AIRCRAFT WHERE IT LANDED.



The following is Goldbook information on helicopter OH-6A, tail number 67-16649
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.


DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST                            COUNTRY



196902    0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                           AVCOMITR  

196903    0    0 3300   HHD 44 ENG GP           THAILAND                          PACIFIC

196904 125  125 WGLLAA DIV ARTY AMDIV   VIETNAM                           RVN     

196905 117  242 WGLLAA DIV ARTY AMDIV   VIETNAM                           RVN     

196906 120  362 WGLLAA DIV ARTY AMDIV   VIETNAM                           RVN     

196907 168  530 WGLLAA DIV ARTY AMDIV   VIETNAM                           RVN     

196908   46  576 WGLLAA DIV ARTY AMDIV   VIETNAM                           RVN     

196909     0  576 WGLLAA DIV ARTY AMDIV   VIETNAM                           RVN    

196910   73  649 WGLLAA DIV ARTY AMDIV   VIETNAM                           RVN     

196911   83  732 WGLLAA DIV ARTY AMDIV   VIETNAM                           RVN     

196912     3  735 WE4HAA 142 TC DS               VIETNAM                           RVN    

197001     0  735 WE4HAA 142 TC DS               VIETNAM                           RVN    

197002     0  735 W0MHAA DIR SUP / TRAN   IN TRANSIT SHARPE AD    AVCOM           

197003   0  735 W0MHAA DIROF SUP TRAN   6TH ARMY   SHARPE GD   AVCOM             

197004   0  735 W0MHAA DIROF SUP TRAN   6TH ARMY   SHARPE GD   AVCOM             

197005   0  735 W0ZGAA HUGHES ACFT      BAILMENT   CULVER CITY AVCOM            

197006   0  735 W0ZGAA HUGHES ACFT      BAILMENT   CULVER CITY AVCOM            

197007   0  735 W0ZGAA HUGHES ACFT      BAILMENT   CULVER CITY AVCOM            

197008   0  735 W0ZGAA HUGHES ACFT      BAILMENT   CULVER CITY AVCOM            

197009   0  735 WAA6AA   HQ 82 ABN DIV     3RD ARMY                 FORT BRAGG                 

197010   6  741 WAA6AA   HQ 82 ABN DIV     3RD ARMY                 FORT BRAGG              

197011  13  754 WAA6AA  HQ 82 ABN DIV     3RD ARMY                 FORT BRAGG                   

197012  12  766 WAA6AA   HQ 82 ABN DIV    3RD ARMY                 FORT BRAGG                   

197101   3  769 WAA6AA  HQ 82ND AB DIV   3RD ARMY                 FORT BRAGG              

197102   7  776 WDG7AA HHC 931ST ENGR   3RD ARMY             FORT BENNING                  

197103   5  781 WDG7AA HHC 931ST ENGR   3RD ARMY             FORT BENNING                  

197104  22  803 WDG7AA HHC 931ST ENGR   3RD ARMY            FORT BENNING                  

197105  25  828 WDG7AA HHC 931ST ENGR   3RD ARMY            FORT BENNING                  

197106  33  861 WDG7AA HHC 931ST ENGR   3RD ARMY            FORT BENNING                  

197107  10  871 WDG7AA HHC 931ST ENGR   3RD ARMY            FORT BENNING                  

197108  35  906 WDG7AA HHC 931ST ENGR   3RD ARMY            FORT BENNING    

197109  48  954 WDG7AA HHC 931ST ENGR   3RD ARMY            FORT BENNING    

197110   1  955 WDG7AA HHC 931ST ENGR   3RD ARMY             FORT BENNING    

197111  26  981 WDG7AA SUPPLY DIVISION 3RD ARMY              FORT BENNING     

197112  34 1015 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197201   7 1022 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197202   7 1029 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197203  11 1040 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197204  20 1060 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197205  13 1073 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197206  38 1111 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197207  50 1161 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197208  37 1198 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197209   0 1198 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197210   0 1198 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197211   7 1205 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197212  19 1224 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197301  33 1257 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197302   9 1266 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197303  11 1277 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197304  23 1300 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197305   0 1300 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197306   0 1300 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197307   0 1300 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197308   0 1300 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197309   0 1300 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197310   2 1302 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197311   0 1302 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197312   1 1303 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197401   0 1303 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197402   5 1308 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197403   0 1308 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197404   0 1308 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197405   0 1308 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197406  25 1333 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197410   4 1392 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197411  11 1403 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197412   7 1410 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197501   3 1413 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197502  11 1424 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197503   4 1428 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197504  16 1444 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197505  19 1463 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197506  15 1478 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197507  35 1513 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197508  16 1529 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197509  20 1549 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197510   9 1558 WP22AA                   NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197511   0 1558 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

197512   9 1567 WP22AA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI

199906   0    0        SHERIFF'S OFFICE         CHARLOTTE COUNTY   USA

Pilots of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office stand with OH-6A loaded for transport.

School Administrator Dave Norton​ and students from the Lively Aviation School in Tallahassee, Florida are making sheet metal repairs to the OH6 as part of a school project to assist in the restoration of this helicopter for future display.  

Completed sheet metal repairs and tail boom reinstalled.

The sheet metal repairs were completed by the Lively Aviation School students.

This display poster was created by MMAF Director Charles Yonts to describe the history of OH-6A helicopter # 67-16649.

Military history records of Hughes OH6A # 67-16649

Pictures of military OH6 helicopters.

OH-6A Cayuse

In 2014, Military Machines of American Freedom acquired a Hughes OH-6A "Loach" helicopter, Serial # 67-16649, from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office in Florida.  This helicopter originally served with the U.S. Army.

The Hughes OH-6 Cayuse, which is nick named "Loach", after the requirement acronym LOH—Light Observation Helicopter. This  is a single-engine light helicopter with a four-bladed main rotor used for personnel transport, escort and attack missions, and  observation. Hughes Helicopters also developed the Model 369 as a civilian helicopter, the Hughes Model 500, currently produced  by MD Helicopters as the MD 500.

​The first Model 369 prototype flew on 27 February 1963. Originally designated as the YHO-6A according to the Army's designation system, the aircraft was redesignated as the YOH-6A in 1962 when the Department of Defense created a Joint designation system for all aircraft. Five prototypes were built, fitted with a 252 shp (188 kW) Allison T63-A-5A,[3] and delivered to the U.S. Army at Fort Rucker, Alabama to compete against the other 10 prototype aircraft submitted by Bell and Fairchild-Hiller. During the course of the competition, the Bell submission, the YOH-4, was eliminated as being underpowered (it used the 250 shp (190 kW) T63-A-5). The bidding for the LOH contract came down to Fairchild-Hiller and Hughes. Hughes won the competition,[4] and the Army awarded a contract for production in May 1965, with an initial order for 714 that was later increased to 1,300 with an option on another 114. Hughes's price was $19,700 per airframe, less engine, while Hiller's price was $27,000 per airframe, less engine. The Hiller design had a boosted control system, while the Hughes design did not. This would account for some of the price difference. Hughes is reported to have told Jack Real that he lost over $100 million in building 1,370 airframes.[5][6] It was reported that Hughes had directed his company to submit a bid at a price below the actual production cost of the helicopter in order to secure this order, resulting in substantial losses on the U.S. Army deal, with the anticipation that an extended production cycle would eventually prove financially viable.[7][8]

In 1968 Hughes submitted a bid to build a further 2,700 airframes. Stanley Hiller complained to the U.S. Army that Hughes had used unethical procedures; therefore, the Army opened the contract for rebidding by all parties. Hiller did not participate in the rebidding, but Bell did, with their redesigned Model 206. After a competitive fly-off, the Army asked for sealed bids. Hughes bid $56,550 per airframe, while Bell bid $54,200. Reportedly, Hughes had consulted at the last moment with his confidant Jack Real, who recommended a bid of $53,550. Hughes, without telling him, added $3,000 to the bid and thus lost the contract

This helicopter will be restored for static display and repainted to its original military colors and configuration.