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A question about the VH-3Ds

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A question about the VH-3Ds

Post by mustang5861 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:40 pm

Does anyone know what is housed in the bulbous fairing above the landing-gear sponson on the right-hand side of the VH-3Ds? Noticed it yesterday when they landed and taxied in at Stansted.

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Re: A question about the VH-3Ds

Post by igorski » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:07 pm

It's an APU
The "VH-3A" was a VIP helicopter for the US presidential flight, with eight built new and one converted from an SH-3A. The VH-3As featured T58-GE-8E engines; a luxury interior; beefed-up communications; and an auxiliary power unit (APU) -- the APU being mounted in a fairing on the rear of the right main gear sponson.
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Re: A question about the VH-3Ds

Post by toom317 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:04 pm

Thanks for that info. I was wondering about that myself, and funnily enough I did think it was an APU.
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Re: A question about the VH-3Ds

Post by mustang5861 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:52 pm

Thanks for the info, igorski. You don't often see views of the right-hand side of those choppers.

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Re: A question about the VH-3Ds

Post by Unknown74 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:47 pm

I was interested to notice that Mr Trump used the VH-3Ds for the UK Leg of his Trip/ Tour then he switched to the VH-60s for his Dublin and France Legs.

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Re: A question about the VH-3Ds

Post by PeteHemsley » Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:47 am

Unknown74 wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:47 pm
I was interested to notice that Mr Trump used the VH-3Ds for the UK Leg of his Trip/ Tour then he switched to the VH-60s for his Dublin and France Legs.
Well the VH-3s can't be in 3 countries at once....

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