DASH Drone, preflight, power turn-up with Naples in the background.
During flight we remove the Red air intake and it has ability to carry two Mark-44 or one Mark46 torpedo between the Green & Red landing struts. This was almost twice its own weight. It had 360 Shaft horsepower Gas turbine. The Engine gas tank and avionics is smaller than a VW.
To your left. Richard's is doing a preflight on drone, Bowers dogging down the hatch , and on top of the hanger is Loren checking out the avionics and Mr. Gobble keeping a eye on all of us. He had no idea what we were doing and why..
To you right is a close up of the Bird in the hanger.
The Mechs taking the Bloody thing apart for one of its yearly PM's
DASH (Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter) Weapon System are manufactured by, Gyrodyne Helicopter Company, now of Los Angeles, CA
The Target Control System AN/SRW-4B ( the shipboard guidance system)
The model T50- BO- 10/12 Turbo shaft Engine
Automatic Flight Control Set AN/ASW-20
The Radio Receiving Set AN/ARW-78 receives and decodes the command signals which originate on the destroyer and superimposes them on the stabilization system. Primary electrical power for the airborne system is obtained from the airborne generator which is driven by gearing from the rotor drive system.
The digital command guidance, or data link, system is of the pcm/fm (pulse code modulation of a frequency modulated sub carrier) type, in which the commands are transmitted to the drone as discrete binary coded pulses.
The drone is capable of carrying either one of the two following weapon stores
Two Mark 44 Mod 0 torpedoes.
One Mark 46 Mod 0 torpedo.
Rotor disk diameter 20 ft 0 in.
Length, rotors fore and aft20 ft 0 in
Width, maximum, rotors fore and aft5 ft 3 in.
Landing gear skid length 5ft 3.64 in.
Landing gear skid tread, center-to-center ft 0 in.
Height, over-all static ft 8.5 in.
Rotor ground clearance (static) 6ft 0 in.
Minimum clearance under lower rotor 3 ft 8.7 in.
Weight, empty 1087 lb
Weight, normal gross* 2300 lb
See I told you they had it all apart and spread out all over the flight deck, made it look like they were doing something.
The DASH Weapon System consisted of the installation of a flight deck, hangar facility, deck control station, CIC control station, SRW-4 transmitter facility and fore and aft antenna installation.
Photo courtesy of Gyrodyne Helicopter Historical Foundation www.GyrodynHelicopters.com
Note the wicked little Stinger mounted below
Mr. Gobble and Bolig & Fryman. Mr. Gobble was one of our best Division officers, He left us alone, and we kept him out of trouble during operations and business running the shop.
The Flight Training school is ideal in case we crashed
one of these babies you would only kill a few snakes.
See No Evil Loren, Speak No Evil. myself, Here No Evil Fryman.
Loren is living in Colorado Springs and Dave Fryman is on East Cost
This is the shop as it was before the addition of the racks just behind that work bench. The Avionics shop is in back left corner
Shop Layout after we all converted it to a combination of shop & work space. This is located under the Hanger & Flight Deck, with access to your left just forward of the drill press and just to your right down a trunk ladder and forward.
We has 6 Racks just before the access hatch around the drill press and 6 more just behind the lockers to your left. Jackets seen on the right were removed during inspection.. Also to your right was the sink and the coffee pot. to the rear of this photo was the avionics shop, but unfortunately the only photo of that space was out of focus as was most of the repair that when on in that shop.
DASH operations ceased fleet wide on November 30, 1970 after the U.S.
government had invested over $275 million dollars on the aircraft side
of that Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) program. The reason was simple,
The continued war in Vietnam was draining production funds from all sectors
of the military. To make matters worse for DASH, the Vietnam war was not
an "anti-submarine warfare" (ASW) war.
John King ATN3 sent us 38 Photos of DASH Crew taken in Charleston just prior to the 1968 Med cruse I have added Next to each but was able to download only 5, but will change them from time to time.
John King Before and After, Not really C-Model had hard landing by one of the Destroyers.
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