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OH-58 Kiowa - Athens, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hummerstation
N 34° 48.441 W 086° 58.195
16S E 502751 N 3851679
Quick Description: OH-58 Kiowa displayed at the Alabama Veterans Museum in Athens, AL.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 10/19/2013 3:04:04 PM
Waymark Code: WMJAEZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
Views: 6

Long Description:
The OH-58A Kiowa is a low silhouette, single two-bladed rotor Helicopter powered by a single 317 shp Allison 250-C18 gas turbine engine, giving the aircraft a maximum airspeed of 132 mph. It seats a single pilot with provisions for a second pilot and two passengers or cargo in the rear.

The OH-58A Kiowa is the military version of the Bell Textron Model 206A, initially procured in March 1968 and delivered in May 1969 as an alternative to the OH-6 Cayuse Light Observation Helicopter. The Kiowa was deployed to Vietnam in late 1969 for both scout/observation and transport duties.

In Vietnam, the Kiowa operated with air cavalry, attack helicopter, and field artillery units. The OH-58A could also be configured as a troop transport, MedEvac, or for external lift missions using an external hook. Like the OH-6 Cayuse, OH-58A Kiowas were commonly paired with the AH-1G Huey Cobra to draw fire and mark the target.

The CH-58A is air-transportable by C-5, C-17, C-130, or C-141 aircraft. Total production of the CH-58A was 2,038 from 1968 thru 1973, with about 466 remaining in Army inventory in 2002.
Type of Aircraft: (make/model): OH 58 Kiowa

Tail Number: (S/N): 0-21403

Construction:: original aircraft

Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): Alabama Veternas Museum

inside / outside: outside

Access restrictions:
The Kiowa is displayed outside so it is accessible 24/7 but daylight hours would probably be best.

Other Information:: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Photo of aircraft (required - will be interesting to see if the aircraft is ever repainted or progress if being restored)
Photo of serial number (required unless there is not one or it is a replica)
Photo(s) of any artwork on the aircraft (optional but interesting)

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