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This is a cool picture, but i have no idea what it is!




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I've seen a helicopter like this near the 29 Palms Marine Corps Base and talked to the pilot. It's been awhile, but I remember him relating that it was used to help find unexploded ordnance or something to that effect. I really enjoyed seeing it, because it looks like it shouldn't fly in that configuration. Anyway, of note, he related his groundspeed was ridiculously low when cruise flying from A to B.

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You are right PF it's a 206 Long Ranger with snow baffles over the intakes. Usually for sesmic work the equipment is on a long line in a huge suspended ring and towed unerneath. Commonly called towing a bird. The fixed set up does a similar function but allows the aircraft to fly lower and more precisely over the terrain. I don't know the exact height but I think the goal is to fly the grid patterns at 200' agl. Perhaps someone on the forum has some first hand experience and can elucidate.

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Totally agree with Timbersprayer.


Airlift Helos out of Reno has a similar sensor for the UXO & radiometric contracts that can be mounted on their 500D... I think they're also featured in the current issue of ROTOR.



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