Bell 47G-3B-1 Sioux Helicopter : A1-404
|Title||Bell 47G-3B-1 Sioux Helicopter : A1-404|
|Place made||United States of America|
|Date made||c 1960|
The Bell 47G-3B-1 Sioux light reconaissance helicopter was a three place machine powered by a Lycoming piston engine. It is fitted with dual controls and three seats. the airframe is constructed of aluminium alloy in the main fuselage while the tail boom is fabricated from steel tube. The main and tail rotors have two blades. The aircraft is equipped with a single M60 machine gun.
This aircraft was used in South Vietnam by 161 Reconnaissance Flight, later known as 161 (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight (IRF), on visual reconnaissance missions. A total of 37 Sioux were used in Vietnam from September 1965-September 1971 and are believed to have been allocated to helicopter support for every major Australian operation. By the end of the war the Sioux had flown a total of 66 069 sorties with a total flying time of 43 911 hours. A1-404 arrived in South Vietnam on 7 June 1966.