DD(Dad’s Diary) 50

This is a continuation of “a tale of 2 helicopters” , as they were so much different from one another  ! My first duty as an electrical systems technician was on the H-2 , the engine cowlings opened up , so in order to work on the electrical systems (The engine had several components) we had to balance on the pylons , and keep our tool boxes on the ground , so getting different tools was quite the challenge , and when we were aboard ship , the swaying ocean , made the job even trickier! And the helicopter was lighter , and easier to push by hand. But the rotor blade fold had to be done by hand , so when we moved the helicopter into the hangar aboard ship , we had to do it manually! First we had to align the blades to the proper marking , then fold them by hand. Years later when I worked on H-3s , it was all done automatically by the electrical and hydraulic systems , so it was much easier for us. The H-3’s Were once used on aircraft carriers , so it was all automatic , as they had to be stowed and out of the way on the runway , rather quickly! And the H-3 Engine Cowlings opened down , and could support us and our tools , so that was much better for me! Plenty more next time…