Super Delta helicopter returns to active Air Force service

As part of fulfilling the Capability Enablers of the Philippine Air Force’s Flight Plan 2028, so as to become responsive to national security and development, the UH-1D with tail number 8230 was formally turned over to the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing by the 410th Maintenance Wing, led by MGEN ALLEN T PAREDES AFP, Commander, Air Logistics Command.

205th Tactical Helicopter Wing photo

Together with all the maintenance personnel of the 410MW involved in the recovery of the said aircraft, led by BGEN FLORANTE M AMANO AFP, Commander, 410MW, MGEN PAREDES turned over the aircraft records of UH-1D #8230 to COL RENE RAOUL ROMMEL DC HONASAN PAF (GSC), Wing Commander, 205THW, last 22 April 2019 at Bay 4 Hangar, 410MW, Clark Air Base, Mabalacat, Pampanga.

The event was even highlighted by the pouring of champagne and presentation of awards to all personnel involved in the successful aircraft recovery. UH-1D #8230 is one of the 205THW’s “Super Delta” aircraft – the UH-1D variant with a T53-703 engine.

After a year and 2 months of being in the Non-Mission Capable Status (NMCS), UH-1D #8230 will soon be able to once again soar the skies to provide the necessary assistance in accomplishing the missions of the Philippine Air Force. The UH-1D #8230 experienced engine failure during take-off in Manaoag, Pangasinan, which led to a hard landing last 14 February 2018.

Right there and then, it was turned-in to 410MW to undergo extensive recovery. The recovery program spent a total of 9,259 man hours in depot level maintenance.

The 410th Maintenance Wing, under the Air Logistics Command, is the unit in charge of depot-level maintenance of all PAF aircraft, while the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing is the force provider of combat utility helicopters (CUHs).

With this turn-over of a successfully recovered CUH, an increase in the operationally ready aircraft will surely translate to a more capable and credible air force ready to respond to national security and development. 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing