WarbirdsNews recently reported on progress with the 138th Aviation Company Memorial and their efforts to create a fitting monument to the service and sacrifice of the men and women of their unit from the Viet Nam War […]Over the past year, WarbirdsNews has been following and posting updates on the efforts being made by the 138th Aviation Company Memorial in Orlando, Florida. The small organization is trying to put together a fitting tribute to the […]For the past two years or so, WarbirdsNews has been following the 138th Aviation Company Memorial in their efforts to locate, restore and place a representative aircraft from their unit as a remembrance for their service and […]
The RU-21H aircraft, derived from the RU-21G aircraft or other older SEMA was upgraded with high flotation landing gear for a 10,200 gross maximum weight limit. The aircraft was certified with wing extensions/pods and the other mission airframe modifications. Two 200 amp generators and extra 400 hertz inverters supported the mission electronics and avionics. Twenty-one aircraft were converted to the RU-21H configuration. The mission enunciator panel located on the aircraft instrument panel has the Mission Active switch and indicator lights to warn the pilot of mission faults such as over temperature, loss of link synchronization and processor lock-up. The ARF Status panel located on the mission racks behind the co-pilot shows more detailed mission parameters and has the ARF (1, 2 or 3) designator control. The crews responsibility is only to fly the aircraft and to monitor the health of the mission equipment.In 1976, the Guardrail V system began development in order to develop and provide a supportable Corps level system to the Army, until the planned Cefly Lancer development was completed. The Guardrail V aircraft were converted from earlier Guardrail I/IIA aircraft, Laffing Eagle RU-21Ds, and unmodified U-21G airframes. These new aircraft were designated as RU-21H, the big improvement was the addition of wingtip pods to replace many of the blade antennas of the previous Guardrail aircraft.
I think the RVHP King Air C-90A might be close, but the cabin windows in the Ute were square, so that’s a major modification, made even more difficult because it’s a resin kit. Mach 2 makes an RC–12K in plastic, but I it has different engines, a T-tail, and (I think) a different fuselage, not to mention a lot of antenna holes to fill. The US Army flew a lot of these during the Viet Nam War. I’m surprised some manufacturer hasn’t made one, or at least the civilian version, which remains a popular aircraft. Does anyone know how I might go about building one?I ended up ordering a VC-6A from RVHP Models, by way of Hannants. I’m hoping I can make a proper Vietnam-era airplane from it, although I expect that my skills will be put to the test before I’m done. This kit comes with the decals to make the (US Army) airplane that Werhner Von Braun used in 1966, ferrying to and from the White Sands Missile Range, and I expect to be able to use some of them.