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Aircraft

(1) Bell TH-1L Iroquois.   Photo: National Museum of Naval Aviation (1) Bell TH-1L Iroquois. Photo: National Museum of Naval Aviation
(2) Bell TH-57A Sea Ranger.   Photo: National Museum of Naval Aviation (2) Bell TH-57A Sea Ranger. Photo: National Museum of Naval Aviation
(3) Bell HTL-7 (TH-13N) Sioux.  Photo: National Museum of Naval Aviation (3) Bell HTL-7 (TH-13N) Sioux. Photo: National Museum of Naval Aviation
(4) Sikorsky HO4S-3 (TH-19) Chickasaw.  Photo: National Museum of Naval Aviation (4) Sikorsky HO4S-3 (TH-19) Chickasaw. Photo: National Museum of Naval Aviation
(5) Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever.  Photo: U.S. Navy (5) Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever. Photo: U.S. Navy
(6) Bell UH-1D Iroquois  Photo: U.S. Navy (6) Bell UH-1D Iroquois Photo: U.S. Navy
A note about the aircraft listed here: Of course not all of these birds were operated by HT-8. However, all can be associated with various time periods directly connected with HT-8's linage.

Sikorsky HNS-1

Sikorsky HOS-1

Sikorsky HO3S-1

Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever (1951 - )

Hiller HTE-1 (1951 - )

Hiller HTE-2 (1951 - )

Kaman HTK (1953 - )

Bell HTL-1 Sioux (Note: This was the first helicopter purchased by the Navy specifically for helicopter flight training.)

Bell HTL-7 (TH-13N) Sioux

Sikorsky HO4S-3 (TH-19) Chickasaw (1957 - 1963)

Sikorsky HSS-1 (TH-34) Sea Horse (1962 - 1970)

Bell UH-1D Iroquois (1969 - 1970) (Note: These airframes were on loan from the U.S. Army.)

Bell TH-1L Iroquois (1969 - )

Bell TH-57A Sea Ranger ( 1968 - 1986)

Bell TH-57B Sea Ranger

Bell TH-57C Sea Ranger (1982 - present)


Photo Captions:

(1) A Bell TH-1L Iroquois - BuNo 157812 - seen on March 1971, on a flight over Northwest Florida.

(2) A plane captain stands by as an instructor and student prepare for a training flight in a Bell TH-57A Sea Ranger - BuNo 157359 - assigned to Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHT (HT-8) at Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) Ellyson Field, Florida - 30 March 1973.

(3) An HTL-7 assigned to Helicopter Training EIGHT (HT-8) - BuNo 145842 - pictured on the ground at Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) Ellyson Field, Florida - 12 November 1953.

(4) A Sikorsky HO4S-3 Chickasaw - BuNo 138529 - seen launching on a training flight from Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) Ellyson Field, Florida - 3 February 1958.

(5) A Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever assigned to Naval Auxiliary Air Station Ellyson Field, Florida, pictured landing at Chevalier Field on board Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.

(6) HT-8 operated a number of UH-1Ds, on loan from the U.S. Army, while the TH-1Ls were being delivered.
 

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