Helio YL-24 'Courier'

  Base model:L-24
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1942-1962
  Basic role:Liaison

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Examples of this type may be found at
United States Army Aviation MuseumOzarkAlabama


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 Dwight Adams
 Henrico, NC
This is not a YL-24 Helio Courier, but a very close variety of Helio Courier. I flew the float for Special Forces for 5 years and the land version for 7 years.// The Special Forces Flight Det. at Ft. Bragg, NC had this Float version, unmarked except for a small tail # and several of the land versions with standard civilian colors and patterns again with no Government markings except for the small Tail #.// A pleasure to fly, this acft is fully STOL. I made 1 vertical take off to 100 ft. with brakes locked in a 30 MPH headwind. The land version will do a 90 degree turn in a 90 degree bank without stall. It is the only fixed wing acft I am familiar with which has instructions for autorotation descent and landing, power off, control full back a dip and flare at the bottom. // Special forces used the float for water insertion, extraction, day and night. The land version was used for recon, resupply, Insertion, extraction, psycological warefare, message delivery in and from roads, unimproved sites in adverse weather.// It has a 295 HP Lycoming eng. 3 bladed prop, Super Charged, Spoilers, Slats, Stabilator, 30 degree castoring wheels. In the early 1980s, They were transferred from Special Forces to Law Emforcement when the Army was purged of non-standard aircraft.
02/25/2010 @ 19:20 [ref: 25787]


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