Factory Hawks

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Not strictly photography, but had a MH-60R and UH-60M fly up from the factory for lunch the other day. Someone got it on film so here they are. We get the primer heavy UH-60'Ms every few months.

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A little paint needed on the "M", but still sexy machines. Probably due to the wet ramp no rotorbrake start for the "R".
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Hey Chris,

whats a rotor and non rotor brake start....

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I was about to ask the same....
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The SH-60 uses a rotor brake (looks very much like a car disc brake) to hold the rotors with the engines at idle for shipboard use. This also allows for quicker shutdowns in order to fold the blades on a busy ship deck verse sitting and letting the rotors coast down. For those that fly FS helos, you can't pull in much collective with a fully articulated rotor system to help them stop spinning real world, although fine to do in a Huey/B206 (simple rotor system). Some UH-60s have them as well and all have a gust lock to keep the rotors from spinning in the wind.
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What's wierd is that these aircraft have mixed crews. There's a Sikorsky pilot and a DoD pilot on each helicopter. The rest of the crew is military.
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I can see the M serial, but those darn USN tactical paints make it hard to see the BuNo on the R. Mil crews will ferry the aircraft and I can see maybe the factory pilot onboard for an acceptance flight. All the guys I know that work there are retired mil.
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