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Douglas Bush, e-mail, 10.05.2020 19:31

I was an AM-2 in HU-1 there at Ream Field from 1957 - 1959. Worked in the sheet metal shop for Chief Hesser. Made a number of WesPac Cruises on the Lexington and the Hancock. Flew a lot of hours out there in the Pacific doing "plane guard"….never had to go down the wire to pull a pilot out, but came close once when we had to pickup a med case off a sub. We lost UP-16 in Okinawa killing Rear Admiral Sutherland and pilot Ltjg. John Loomis as the helo was flying the admiral over to the beach. I still have a photo from the Okinawa newspaper of that crash.


Tom, e-mail, 25.10.2016 00:58

I am a docent aboard Midway Museum and want to find out about the chain or band which drove the forward transmission of the HUP. Rumor is it was a "rubber band" and then replaced with a "bicycle chain."
Can someone steer me in the right direction?
Thanks
Tom


Reed Carr, e-mail, 21.01.2015 04:18

Flew the HUP-2 in training at Ellyson Field, 1957, did a full auto in training, with the schedules officer as my instructor that day. He didn't fly very much, I guess, as he was hesitant to allow me to try one, but I talked him into doing one (better than his demo). Later ferried a few of them from Dothan, AL when the Army gave or sold some to the Navy. There were Hup-3's, but not much different from the -2. Had a little more stability, but it was a 4-5 day trip from Dothan to San Diego in 1961 & 2. I was never in a real hurry.


KENNETH AARON, e-mail, 30.08.2014 01:00

KNOW THE HUP WAS AT REAM FIELD 57 58 IN THE FIRE HOUSE CRASH RESSCUE HAD ONE TO GO DOWN ONE NIGHT SOME RESERVES WAS FLYING LUCKLY NO INJURIES LATER WENT ABOARD THE FLOYD B PARKS DD884 ON THE 59 DEPLOYMENT WAS OPERATING WITH THE FLATTOP HANCOCK ONE WAS FLYING ALONG WITH THE CARRIER WHILE THE PLANES WAS DOING TOUCH AND GO ITS ENGIN QUIT HELPED GET THE CREW OUT OF THE WATER ALSO NO INJURIES


KENNETH AARON, e-mail, 25.08.2014 02:38

KNOW THE HUP WAS IN THE FIRE HOUSE ON REAM 57 58 HAB ONE TO GO DOWN LUCKLY NO INJURYS HAVE A PIECE OF THE ROTOR BLADE


Roger Miller, 20.07.2014 02:40

I was stationed at NAS REAM Field in HS 2, next door to HU1.We were an anti sub squadron with dipping SONAR. The HUP was to be used but it did not have enough power to lift our gear. This was in 1952. It was replaced with a HO4S Sikorsky. There is a beautiful HUP on the flight deck of the USS MIDWAY in San Diego. It has HU-1 markings on it. We had a blade shatter on the HUP,I have a piece of it. The skin on the blade was made of a thin plywood. I was an AE3.


Paul Ridgwell, e-mail, 20.12.2013 13:26

Hi, I was researching some old photographs and, whilst looking for details on an HUP-2, I came across this page. I have a 6"x4" b&w print of an HUP-2 taken probably around 1954 in southern England. It is coded 80 and UR but I can't quite make out the Bu. No. If it is of interest I can scan & email it for you? Kind regards
Paul Ridgwell U.K.


gerry hoffer, e-mail, 25.09.2013 04:41

In 1952 the lightning strike marking for this aircraft was designed at Rockliiff Airbase. Can you find qa copy of that engineering drawing.


Bob Knotts, e-mail, 17.09.2013 08:12

I flew handheld aerial photos in a hup-2 at NAS Alameda in 1958-60. I remember the hatch in the bottom came unlatched while I was standing on it. A real thrill!! I think a hydraulic cyl. kept it from opening all the way. I used to fly with another Knotts (plane captain),and the pilot was a CDER Smith. We would sometimes go up to 10,000 feet, which took forever. We landed one and reported a brush fire N of the Golden gate Bridge, and got chewed for an unauthorized landing. Bob KNOTTS, PHCM, USN, RET


Jim, e-mail, 25.11.2012 01:37

i have R-975-46 in my air boat do any of you Gentlemen know where to get
parts ( gaskets )


marcel, e-mail, 13.05.2012 07:07

I would like to know more about the blades


KB, e-mail, 30.07.2011 00:21

We have six Helic Mod. HUP-2 blades manufactured in 1952 with plates showing Part No.18R1009-47 on 3 of them and 18R1009-48 on the other 3 ,Contr No., Blade Serial No, Set Serial No. etc, Silver Soldered Fin Spar, I believe made by Parsons Corp. in Traverse City, Mi. and later discontinued. Do any museums or organizations buy parts for their restorations or great display item, we'd like to sell these if anyone's interested.


Scott Schmidt, e-mail, 20.06.2011 05:59

I have an old toy air plane it has marking on the back that is UR 68 NAVY is there any where that you know of to get parts to bring it back to the original condition?
Thank you for your time.
Scott Schmidt


bob stacey, e-mail, 31.12.2010 00:44

i was at ellyson field[ht-8]1961-dec.1962 hm3 STACEY 527-64-78


Richard L. Holley, e-mail, 14.12.2010 02:13

I was stationed with HU-1 from 1957 to 1958 and flew in the HUP, it was loud. There is a HUP aboard the Hornet @ NAS Alameda. The Hornet is now a Museum.
One of the mechanics at Rheem now lives 4 blocks from me here in Fremont. We attend the same church. He is Bill Marshall.


Tom Sceurman, e-mail, 08.12.2010 05:41

First flights in the HUP-2 was at Ellison Fld, Pensacola, FL. Then flew the HUP-2 and HUP-3 (Hyd boost) at HU-2 Lakehurst on detachment to carriers on the East coast. Ended up with 900 hrs of no accidents or incidents. Did not fly fast - I brought the last HUP from Hayes Aircraft Dothan AL overhaul to Lakehurst. Blade stalled at about 70 kts, but loved to fly it.


Robert Bareikis, e-mail, 29.11.2010 03:08

I flew about 1,000 hours in the HUP-2 on some dozen or so aircraft carriers in both the 6th and 7th fleets. A lot of the time we were restricted in where/how we were allowed to fly because of a history of problems with the R-975 engine. Not much power but enough to enable me to rescue a number of downed pilots while flying plane guard. My only problems were an engine that oversped by itself while on the carrier deck in Hong Kong and a partial engine failure that almost sent me into the Pacific. Easy to fly.


William Fury, e-mail, 06.11.2010 03:53

Flew the HUPs at HTG ellyson Fld P Cola Did a lot of D1s (First Solos ) even though I was in the HO4S/HRS Division !1958/59 Was a AD2 at 19yrs old ,Right from the Fleet HS-4,/HS-8 Flying the HSS-1s I Got a Kick out of the Porpusing the HUP Did ! Good A/C! 1955/1998 Retired


Jerry Stone, e-mail, 31.07.2010 01:25

I wasa a flight test engineer on the HUP-1 in 1949 and 1950. Jim Ryan was the chief test pilot. Other engineer included Les Kravitz, Joe Reich annd Chris Christadolou. It was a fun time. Anybody remember....


Rich, e-mail, 08.07.2010 07:34

Hi Shipmates! As an ADR2 was an rescue air-crewman on many of the HUP's and other helos of the day. 1962-1964 at the utility squadron HU-1 Ream Field, Calif. Had a lot of training in and out of the ocean at Imperial Beach. Made numerous shot cruises as air sea rescue crewman and then went as attachment on a WestPac for 10 months. I wish I was in that shape again. Haven't seen a real HUP after getting out in 1964. Thanks for your service. St.Louis, Mo. area Rich


RONALD MCNEESE, e-mail, 09.03.2010 01:18

SPENT 13 MONTHS 23DAYS AND 4 HOURS AS A HOSPITAL CORPSMAN FLYING OUT OF ADAK ALASKA, TIME SPENT WITH THE HUP-1 WAS APRIL 1956 TILL MAY 1957. I CAN NOT REMEMBER ANY TIME THE OLD HUP WAS NOT READY AS NEEDED. LUCKEY WE NEVER HAD TO VENTURE FAR FROM BASE WITH THE LOUSY WEATHER.


ROBERT V. CANTO, e-mail, 05.02.2010 02:06

I WAS A CREW MEMBER ON THIS TYPE OF HELO FROM 1956-1959.
Air-sea rescue aboard various carries in the Pacific Fleet.
Made two rescues at sea in that type. I was attached to HU-1 IN SAN DEIGO.


Wayne LaDuke, e-mail, 11.01.2010 01:14

In my last comment a portion didn't print. A HUP is also located in the museum at NAS Cory Field Pensacola Fl.Thank you.


Wayne LaDuke, e-mail, 11.01.2010 00:15

I flew with HUP helicopter at Rheem Field Imperial Beach Ca. with HU-1 at NAS Rheem Field Imperial Beach Ca. from Aug 1958 to June 1959 when I was discharged as AD-2.I flew as a crewman.As of now I know there is a HUP at the MCAS at Miramar Ca in the museum.Also there is a HUP in the museum.I would like to hear from anybody that was stationed in Imperial Beach Ca with HU-1 During 1958 and 1959.


joe, e-mail, 25.10.2009 00:58

A friend was surfing in costa rica and brought me a picture of a hup he saw in a field


Marino L. DiLeo, e-mail, 19.03.2008 18:19

We just recieved our HUP-2 which I flew as co-pilot out of HU-2 1955-57 alsoaboard the USS Intrepid CVA11. If you have any tech manuals I could use them. ADR2 (Ret) I have pictures also of the HRS-3.


Jay, e-mail, 05.12.2006 07:26

About 2001, there remained an old hulk of a Retriever behind an A&P school, north of the Indianapolis Inter. Airport. These things pop up like toadstools after a rain. You can't tell where the next one will be.




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