Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Warplane Survivors USA: Alabama, Fort Rucker, U.S. Army Aviation Museum

Fort Rucker, U.S. Army Aviation Museum, Alabama

Data current to 21 June 2020.

Fort Rucker, U.S. Army Aviation Museum, Bldg 617, PO Box 620610, 36362-5134.  Tel: 334-255-4443.

Fort Rucker is a U.S. Army post located mostly in Dale County, Alabama, United States. It was named for a Civil War officer, Confederate General Edmund Rucker.  The post is the primary flight training base for Army Aviation and is home to the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) and the United States Army Aviation Museum.  Small sections of the post also lie in Coffee, Geneva, and Houston counties.  Part of the Dale County section of the base is a census-designated place; its population was 4,636 at the 2010 census. The main post has entrances from three bordering cities, Daleville, Ozark and Enterprise.  In the years before the 11 September 2001 attacks, the main post (except airfields and other restricted areas) was an open post with unmanned gates allowing civilians to drive through.  Following the attacks, this policy was changed, and the post is now closed to unauthorized traffic and visitors.

The U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence is the dominant military facility at Fort Rucker. Training, doctrine, and testing are all key parts of the Center’s mission to develop Army Aviation’s capabilities. All Army Aviation training has been undertaken at Fort Rucker since 1973, as well as training of US Air Force and ally helicopter pilots. The Center is home to the US Army Aviation Technical Test Center (ATTC), which conducts developmental aircraft testing for Army Aviation.  The United States Army Operational Test and Evaluation Command’s Test and Evaluation Coordination Office and TH-67 primary and instrument training are both located at Cairns Army Airfield.

Operational units on the post include the 1st Aviation Brigade and the 110th Aviation Brigade handling Army Aviation training, and the USAF 23rd Flying Training Squadron for the training of Air Force helicopter pilots.

The 110th Aviation Brigade consists of five battalions using three different sites. 1st Battalion, 11th Aviation Regiment, operates and manages air traffic control services and flight simulation support for USAAVNC/Fort Rucker and the National Airspace System. 1st Battalion, 14th Aviation Regiment operates from Hanchey Army Heliport and conducts graduate level training using the AH-64D Apache Longbow and OH-58D Kiowa helicopters. 1st Battalion, 212th Aviation Regiment operates from Lowe Army Heliport and Shell Army Heliport and conducts combat and night operational training, using theOH-58, UH-1, and UH-60 helicopters. 1st Battalion, 223d Aviation Regiment operates from Cairns Army Airfield and Knox Army Heliport and conducts flight training using the CH-47 Chinook helicopter and C-12 Huron aircraft. The Helicopter School Battalion operates from Shell Army Heliport and, providing training for Latin American pilots under the United States Security Cooperation Program.

Aero Commander U-4A (Serial No. 55-4640).

Aero Commander YU-9A (Serial No. 52-6219).

Aero Commander YU-9A.

Aero Commander NRU-9D.

Aeronca L-3A Defender (Serial No. 42-7797)..

Aeronca L-16A Champ (Serial No. 47-924).

American Helicopter XH-26 Jet Jeep (Serial No. 50-1840).

Auster AOP-9 (Serial No. XP-277).

Beechcraft UC-45H Expeditor (Serial No. 51-11638).

Beechcraft UC-45J Expeditor (Serial No. 43-9767).

Beechcraft YT-34A Mentor (Serial No.).

Beechcraft JC-12C Huron (Serial No. 78-23140), C/N BP-1.

Beechcraft U-8A Seminole (Serial No. 52-1700).

Beechcraft RU-8D Seminole (Serial No. 56-3712).

Beechcraft U-8G Seminole (Serial No. 63-12902).

Beechcraft T-42A Cochise (Serial No. 65-12685).

Beechcraft T-42A Cochise (Serial No. 65-12697).

Beechcraft C-12C Huron (Serial No. 73-22250).

Beechcraft RC-12D Huron (Serial No. 80-23376).

Beechcraft YU-21 Ute (Serial No. 63-12902).

Beechcraft YU-21H Ute (Serial No. 70-15888).

Bell H-13B Sioux Helicopter (Serial No. 48-827), C/N 111.

Bell OH-13C Sioux Helicopter (Serial No. 48-0845), C/N 129.

Bell OH-13D Sioux Helicopter (Serial No. 51-2456).

 (James Emery Photo)

Bell OH-13E Sioux Helicopter (Serial No. 51-14193).

 (James Emery Photos)

Bell OH-13E Sioux Helicopter (Serial No. 51-14218), C/N 993.

Bell TH-13T (Model 207) Sioux Helicopter (Serial No. 67-17024), C/N 3731, Reg. No. N73927.

 (Bmcnabb Photo)

Bell XV-3A Tilt Rotor Helicopter (Serial No. 54-148).  Stored at Fort Rucker for many years, this aircraft is now on display in the NMUSAF at Dayton, Ohio.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Bell XH-40H (XH-U1) Helicopter (Serial No. 55-4459), c/n 1, prototype for the Iroquois.

Bell UH-1A Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 59-1686), C/N 145.  This helicopter is a gate guard at the entrance to the Fort Rucker Base.

Bell UH-1A Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 59-1695).

Bell UH-1B Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 60-3553).

Bell UH-1B Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 60-3554), C/N 200.

 (hummerstation Photo)

Bell UH-1C Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 0-22099), mounted on a pylon located inside the Fort Rucker gate on AL Highway 249.

 (James Emery Photo)

Bell YUH-1D Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 60-6030), C/N 703.  Diorama display.

Bell UH-1B Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 61-0792).

Bell UH-1B Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 61-1884).

Bell UH-1B Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 62-2099).

Bell GUH-1D Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 63-12972), C/N 4168.

Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 63-08781).  (Alan Wilson Photo)

Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 63-12960).

Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 63-12972).

Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 64-13858).

Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 65-09974).

 (kb7ywl Photo)

Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 65-9770), C/N 4814.  This helicopter is mounted on a pylon located on US Hwy 231 in Ozark near Fort Rucker.

Bell UH-1M Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 65-09446).

Bell UH-1M Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 65-10126).

Bell UH-1M Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 65-12740).

Bell UH-1M Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 66-01145).

Bell UH-1M Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 66-15156).

Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 68-15595).

Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 68-16404), C/N 11063.

Bell UH-1V Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 71-20228), C/N 13052.

Bell AH-1G Cobra prototype Helicopter, Reg. No. N209J.

Bell AH-1G Cobra Helicopter (Serial No. 66-15246), C/N 20002.

Bell NAH-1G Cobra Helicopter (Serial No. 66-15248), C/N 20004.

Bell AH-1F Cobra Helicopter (Serial No. 67-15524).

Bell AH-1G Cobra Helicopter (Serial No. 71-15090), C/N 21050.

Bell AH-1S Cobra Helicopter (Serial No. 66-15248).

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

 (hummerstation Photo)

Bell AH-1S Cobra Helicopter (Serial No. 68-17109), C/N 20837.  This helicopter is mounted on the wall at the entrance to the U.S. Army Aviation Museum, Dickenson Hall.

 (James Emery Photos)

Bell AH-1S Cobra Helicopter (Serial No. 70-16072), C/N 21016.

Bell AH-1J Cobra Helicopter (Serial No. 72-2504).

Bell AH-1G Cobra Helicopter (Serial No. 78-23095).

Bell YOH-4A Jet Ranger Helicopter (Serial No. 62-4201).

Bell OH-58A Kiowa Helicopter (Serial No. 68-16687).

 (James Emery Photo)

Bell OH-58D Kiowa Helicopter (Serial No. 69-16322), C/N 43004.

Bell OH-58A Kiowa Helicopter (Serial No. 71-20468).

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

 (hummerstation Photo)

Bell OH-58C Kiowa Helicopter (Serial No. 70-16734),  c/n 40048, mounted on a pylon in front of the museum.

Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter (Serial No. 71-20537), C/N 41398.  37C.

Bell OH-58A Kiowa Helicopter (Serial No. 71-20778), C/N 41639.

Bell OH-58A Kiowa Helicopter (Serial No. 72-21228).

Bell YAH-63 Helicopter (Serial No. 74-22247).

Bell ARH-70 Arapaho Helicopter (Serial No.).

 (James Emery Photo)

Bleriot XI replica, (Serial No. NSN).

Bleriot Experimental B.E.C.2C biplane replica.

Boeing Stearman PT-17 Kadet (Serial No. 41-7121).

Boeing YL-15A Scout (Serial No. 47-429).

 (James Emery Photo)

Boeing CH-47A Chinook Helicopter (Serial No. 60-3451), C/N B-010.

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

 (hummerstation Photo)

Boeing Vertol CH-347 Helicopter (Serial No. 65-7992), C/N B-124.  (Converted CH-47A).

Boeing Vertol YUH-61A UTTAS Helicopter (Serial No. 73-21656).

Boeing Vertol YUH-61A UTTAS Helicopter (Serial No. 73-21658).


 (Author Photos)

Boeing Vertol XCH-62A HLH (Serial No. 73-22012).  Prototype heavy-lift helicopter.  Scrapped.

The Boeing Vertol XCH-62 (Model 301) was a three turbine-engined, heavy-lift helicopter (HLH) project designed for the United States Army.  Designated XCH-62A, it appeared to be a scaled-up CH-47 without a conventional body, in a configuration similar to the S-64 Skycrane (CH-54 Tarhe).  Approved in 1971, only one aircraft was built before it was cancelled in 1974.  An attempt by NASA to resurrect the program and it was restarted for test flights in the 1980s, but was again not funded by Congress and the program was aborted in 1983.  The scaled up model of the HLH was scrapped at the end of 2005 at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Following award of an Army contract for a prototype of a “Heavy Lift Helicopter (HLH)” in 1973, Boeing moved forward on building an oversized flying crane machine, the “XCH-62”.  Rotor diameter was to be 28 meters (92 ft), fuselage length 27.2 meters (89 feet 3 inches), and footprint length 49.5 meters (162 feet 3 inches).  Its widely-spaced landing gear would allow it to straddle heavy cargoes such as armored vehicles, and still carry twelve troops in its slender fuselage. Boeing also considered selling a commercial version, the “Model 301”.  The helicopter was powered by three Allison XT701-700 turboshafts, each rated at 8,079 shp, which fed into a combining gearbox capable of absorbing 17,700 shp.

The XCH-62 prototype was in an advanced state of assembly in 1975, being readied for a planned initial flight in 1976.  Failures in the spiral bevel gearing of the main transmission were experienced in tests because the method of analysis employed had not considered the effect of rim bending.  Consequently, new gears with strengthened rims were designed and fabricated. For a more accurate prediction of the load capacity of the gears, an extensive Finite Element Method (FEM) system was developed.  The U.S. Army’s XCH-62 HLH aft rotor transmission was finally successfully tested at full design torque and speed, but the US Congress cut funding for the program in August 1975.  The designers of the Mil Mi-26 avoided similar problems by using a split-torque design in the main rotor transmission.

The incomplete XCH-62 prototype (73-22012) was stored at the US Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker, Alabama.  It was to be pulled out of storage in the mid-1980s when the Army, the US National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) collaborated on a scheme to finish the XCH-62 for experimental flights, but Congress declined funding.  The XCH-62 prototype, the largest helicopter ever built in the western countries, was displayed at the US Army Aviation Museum until it was scrapped in 2005.  In 2008, several parts were sent to the Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare (United Kingdom), to be exhibited there.

Boeing-Sikorsky YRAH-66A Comanche Helicopter (Serial No. 94-0327), C/N 66-001.  First prototype.

Brantly YHO-3 Helicopter (Serial No. 58-1496).

 (James Emery Photo)

Cessna L-19A Bird Dog (Serial No. 50-1327).

Cessna L-19A Bird Dog (Serial No. 51-4943).

Cessna TL-19D Bird Dog (Serial No. 55-4681).

Cessna LC-126C Liaison aircraft (Serial No. 51-6998).

Cessna A-37 Dragonfly (Serial No. 67-14519).

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

 (hummerstation Photo)

Cessna T-37A Tweet (Serial No. 56-3466), C/N 40038.  Converted to A-37A Dragonfly (Serial No. 67-14520), reconverted to T-27B, painted as (Serial No. 56-3465)

Cessna T-41B Mescalero (Serial No. 67-15000).

Cessna T-41B Mescalero (Serial No. 67-15161).

Cessna U-3A Blue Canoe (Serial No. 57-5863).

 (Cameron and Lacy Photo)

Cessna CH-1B Skyhook (YH-41A Seneca) Helicopter (Serial No. 56-4244).

Convair L-13A (Serial No. 46-159).

Curtiss JN-4D Jenny (Serial No. 18-2780).

Curtiss-Wright VZ-7AP Flying Jeep (Serial No. 58-5508).

 (James Emery Photo)

de Havilland Canada YU-6A Beaver (Serial No. 51-16263).

 (James Emery Photos)

de Havilland Canada U-1A Otter (Serial No. 57-6135), C/N 283.

 (James Emery Photos)

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

de Havilland Canada YC-7A Caribou (Serial No. 57-3080), C/N 4.  2nd Caribou built for the US Army.  This CV-2 Caribou has a long history including time with Air America and the US Air Force. It has been on display at the Army Air Museum at Fort Rucker Alabama since 1988.

Del Mar DH-1A5 Whirlymite (Serial No. 2).

Dornier D0-27 (Serial No. Do-27-B-361).

Douglas C-47A Skytrain (Serial No. 41-12436).

Eurocopter UH-72A Lakota (Serial No. 07-02072).

Fairchild Hiller YOH-5A LOH Helicopter (Serial No. 62-4206).  FH-1100.

Firestone XR-9B Helicopter (Serial No. 46-001).

 (James Emery Photo)

Fokker D.VIII replica.

Goodyear XAO-3G1 Inflatoplane (Serial No. NSN).

Grumman YOV-1A Mohawk (Serial No. 57-06539).

Grumman OV-1B Mohawk (Serial No. 59-02631).

Grumman OV-1B Mohawk (Serial No. 61-02692).

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

 (hummerstation Photo)

Grumman OV-1B Mohawk (Serial No. 62-05860).

Gyrodyne QH-50C DASH Drone.

Hawker Siddeley XV-6A Kestrel (Serial No. 64-18264).  In storage. 

Hawker Siddeley XV-6A Kestrel (Serial No. 64-19264A).

Helio YL-24 Courier (Serial No. 52-2540).

Helio U-10 Super Courier (Serial No. 63-13176).

 (James Emery Photos)

Hiller OH-23A (UH-12A) Raven Helicopter (Serial No. 51-3975), C/N 188.

Hiller OH-23B (UH-12) Raven Helicopter (Serial No. 51-16142), C/N 296.

Hiller OH-23C Raven Helicopter (Serial No.).

Hiller OH-23F Raven Helicopter (Serial No. 62-12508), C/N 2284.

Hiller YH-32 Hornet Helicopter (Serial No. 55-4963).

Hiller YH-32 Hornet Helicopter (Serial No. 55-4965), “Sally Rand”.

Hiller XROE-1 Rotorcycle (Serial No. 4004).  One of two prototypes which first flew in Nov 1956.

Hughes TH-55A Osage Helicopter (Serial No. 64-18200).

 (James Emery Photo)

Hughes TH-55A Osage Helicopter (Serial No. 67-16795), C/N 78-0902.

Hughes TH-55A Osage Helicopter (Serial No. 67-16963).

Hughes TH-55A Osage Helicopter (Serial No. 67-16966).

Hughes TH-55A Osage Helicopter (Serial No. 67-18000).

Hughes OH-4A Helicopter (Serial No. 62-4201).

Hughes OH-5A Helicopter (Serial No. 62-4206).

Hughes YOH-6A Cayuse Helicopter (Serial No. 62-4213).

Hughes OH-6A/NOTAR Cayuse Helicopter (Serial No. 65-12917), C/N 0002. 

 (James Emery Photos)

Prototype Hughes OH-6A Cayuse Helicopter (Serial No. 65-12962), mounted on a pylon in front of the museum.

 (James Emery Photos)

Hughes OH-6A Cayuse (Serial No. 68-17340), C/N 49-1300, “Miss Clawd IV”, Vietnam panoramic scene with a downed UH-1.

 (James Emery Photo)

Hughes YAH-64A Apache Helicopter (Serial No. 74-22249), C/N AV03.

Kaman HH-43/HOK-1 Huskie Helicopter (Serial No. 61-38101).

Interstate L-6A Cadet/Grasshopper (Serial No. 43-2560).

Lockheed XH-51A Helicopter, (Serial No.61-51262), Rigid-Rotor.

Lockheed XH-51A Helicopter, (Serial No.61-51263, Rigid-Rotor.

Lockheed YAH-56A Cheyenne Helicopter (Serial No. 66-8830), C/N 187-1005.  Indoors.

 (James Emery Photos)

Lockheed YAH-56A-LO Cheyenne Helicopter (Serial No. 66-8832), C/N 1007.  This is just one of four surviving examples and was the 7th of 10 prototypes.  In 1972, it was equipped with the Advanced Mechanical Control System which relocated the gyro stabilization unit from the top of the main rotor head to beneath the transmission.  The last Cheyenne to fly, this helicopter has been refurbished and will be put on display beside the CL-475, XH-51 and XH-51A.

Lockheed H-59 Helicopter (Serial No. 73-21942).

Lockheed H-62 Helicopter (Serial No. 73-22012).

Lockheed CL-475 Rigid-Rotor (Serial No. 56-4320), Reg. No. N6940C.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

 (hummerstation Photo)

Lockheed AP-2E Neptune (BuNo. 131485), (Serial No. 61-31485), C/N 426-5366.  Former 1st Radio Reconnaissance Squadron aircraft.

Lockheed X-26B Quiet One (Serial No. 67-15345).

Lockheed X-29B powered glider.

Lockheed YO-3A Quiet Star (Serial No. 69-18000).

McCulloch YH-30 MC-4C Helicopter (Serial No. 52-583), C/N 001.

McDonnell XV-1 Convertiplane (Serial No.  53-4016).

McDonnell Douglas YAH-64A Apache (Serial No. 74-22248).

McDonnell Douglas YAH-64A Apache (Serial No. 74-22249).

McDonnell Douglas AV-8A Harrier (Serial No. 64-18264).

Mil Mi-4 Hound Helicopter (Serial No. NSN), Russia.

Mil Mi-17 Hip Helicopter (Serial No. 810).

Nieuport 28C-1 (Serial No. 17-6531).

North American L-17A Navion (Serial No. 47-1344).

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

 (hummerstation Photo)

North American L-17B Navion (Serial No. 48-1046).

North American F-51D-25NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-72990), ex-RCAF (Serial No. 9283), Cavalier Mk. II conversion, painted as (Serial No. 0-72990), flown as a helicopter chase plane, Reg. No. N6322T.  This aircraft has been with the US Army Aviation Museum since 1978.

North American T-28A Trojan (Serial No. 51-3612).

North American T-28B Trojan (Serial No. 53-7747), C/N 200-10.

North American YOV-10A Bronco (Serial No. 152885), C/N 300-7 (TBC).

North American OV-10B Bronco (Serial No.).

North American OV-10C Bronco (Serial No.).

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

 (hummerstation Photo)

North American T-39A Sabreliner (Serial No. 61-0685).

Piasecki Vertol CH-21B Workhorse Helicopter (Serial No. 51-15859), ARS, C/N B.6.

Piasecki Vertol CH-21B Workhorse Helicopter (Serial No. 53-4369).

 (James Emery Photo)

Piasecki Vertol CH-21C Shawnee Helicopter (Serial No. 56-2040), C/N C202.

 (James Emery Photo)

 (RuthAS Photo)

Piasecki H-25A Army Mule Helicopter (Serial No. 51-16616), C/N 25.

Piper J-3 Cub (Serial No. 40-0003).

 (James Emery Photo)

Piper L-4A Cub (Serial No. 42-15174).

Piper L-4B Cub (Serial No. 43-515).

Piper L-18C Super Cub 95 (Serial No. 52-2536).

Piper L-20A Super Cub.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Piper TL-21A/PA-18 Super Cub (Serial No. 51-15782).

Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2C replica (Serial No. 1780).

Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a replica (Serial No. 18-0012).

Ryan VZ-3RY Vertiplane (Serial No. 56-6941).

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

 (hummerstation Photo)

Ryan XV-5B Vertifan (Serial No. 62-4506), NASA, Reg. No. N705NA.

Schweitzer TG-3 Glider.

 (James Emery Photo)

Sikorsky R-4B Hoverfly I Helicopter (Serial No. 43-46592).

 (James Emery Photo)

Sikorsky R-5D Dragonfly Helicopter (Serial No. 43-46645).

 (James Emery Photo)

Sikorsky R-6A Hoverfly II Helicopter (Serial No. 43-45473), Reg. No. N5282N.

 (James Emery Photo)

Sikorsky H-5G Dragonfly Helicopter (Serial No. 48-0558).

 (James Emery Photo)

Sikorsky H-19C Chickasaw Helicopter (Serial No. 51-14272).

Sikorsky UH-19D Chickasaw Helicopter (Serial No. 55-3221)

Sikorsky CH-34A Choctaw Helicopter (Serial No. 53-4526).

 (James Emery Photos)

Sikorsky VCH-34A Choctaw Helicopter (Serial No. 56-4320), C/N 58-0718, Army One.

 (James Emery Photos)

Sikorsky CH-37B Mojave Helicopter (Serial No. 55-0644), C/N 58-031.  Clam-shell doors open.

Sikorsky S-52/YH-18A Helicopter (Serial No. 49-2888).

Sikorsky S-59/XH-39A Helicopter (Serial No. 49-2890).

Sikorsky XH-59 ABC (Serial No. 73-21942).

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

 (hummerstation Photo)

Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe Helicopter (Serial No. 68-18438).

Sikorsky S-60 Flying Crane.

 (James Emery Photos)

Sikorsky YUH-60A Black Hawk (Serial No. 73-21651), C/N 70-0002.  (S-70A).

Sikorsky S-72 Rotor Systems Research Aircraft (RSRA), (Serial No. NASA 740).

 (James Emery Photos)

Sopwith F.1 Camel (Serial No. NSN).

Stinson L-1A Vigilante (Serial No. 40-3141).

 (James Emery Photo)

Stinson L-5B Sentinel (Serial No. 42-99103).

Stinson L-5G Sentinel (Serial No. 45-34985).

Stinson L-13A Grasshopper (Serial No.).

Stinson L-16 (Serial No.).

 (James Emery Photo)

Taylorcraft DCO-65, Reg. No. N47652, C/N 0-4333.  This aircraft is preserved as an L-2A Grasshopper (Serial No. 42-35872).

Taylorcraft L-2A Grasshopper, Reg. No. NC47301.

Thomas-Morse R-5 (Serial No. 51-24352).

Vought-Sikorsky VS-300 Experimental Helicopter, model.

Windecker YE-5A, Reg. No. N4196G.

 (James Emery Photos)

Wright Flyer Model B, 1911 (Serial No. 3).

Aircraft to be confirmed with this museum: D.H. 1A, L-200A, QQ-50.