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grizzlymc
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I worked rather intensively with the Hughes 500, an up engined civil version of the Cayuse. A 105mm might be a bit OTT. But it could lift half a tonne and manoeuvre like no other chopper I have ever worked with. With four passengers and a variable load at 2000m it could drop vertically through the upper forest canopy, fly between the upper and lower canopies for hundreds of metres and then drop below the lower canopy. Then it would fly up the creek, sometimes moving terribly slowly to get to a site. It would drop you off and, with gusty winds, rise past your nose when any misstep would kill you, and then fly away. A couple of hours later, it would come back and do it all in reverse.

I have never worked with a chopper like it. And 4 ATk missiles would have been a cinch.