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ChrisBaird

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Discovered by accident that this Piasecki H-21 crash test was done at Deer Valley Airport, Arizona on 12 September 1962.

On board were crash test dummies (the pilot was decapitated).

The engineers called it "The Reluctant Dragon II" because it had done yeoman SAR service in Korea. I cant find a serial # on it. Don't know why they called it a T-7.  N# might be 232 or 252 but I cant make it out.

It's about 15 minutes from my house so I looked for the site. Figured out it was inside the airport boundary fence from the angles on the ridgelines. Plus there's a white X in the video. White X's appear on an old 1971 aerial photo of the old DV runway.

They did a lot of crash tests there.  DC-7, C-119, Connie.

In the one newspaper photo it appears to be tethered, maybe for control.  It must've snapped the tether and then completely lost control.

Chris B.
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PS - articles don't say if there was a Reluctant Dragon I

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My dad flew H-21s and I can recall wandering thru one in some hangar at Pete Field as a 4 year old. In Korea they took the vertical stabilizers off and gained several knots top end but as the vert stabilizer was where the ID numbers went other commanders were stymied in making their incessant complaints about noisy, flathatting helicopters annoying them. Seems early helos were the drones of their day, with folks annoyed by them until they need a ride out of a tight spot and got 'rotor religion'.

We went together to Oskosh in 1994 and as we came out of the museum he stopped to look at the H-21 outside the front doors. After looking at the numbers on the helo he told me it was one he had flown in Korea. I asked him if he wished he could spool it up one more time and he exclaimed, "Gawd no...these things never went civilian for good reasons.. one being only Uncle Sam could afford to keep them flying..." He'd prefer to dream about another flight in his favorite, the B model CH-47.
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I had the pleasure of intimately knowing the H-21 that was at the Travis Museum. I helped dissembled it and it is now on display at Chico Ca. 
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 Cool; did it still have the radial engine in it? Cliff Everts, founder of Everts Air which flies DC6s and a C-46 to the villages on fuel and freight runs had at his house next to the airport an incredible hoard of old aircraft and parts including 3-4 H-21 fuselages. Cliff has passed on but the yard full of aviation history is still there next to the Fairbanks Airport post office. I'll swing by to see about a pic or two.
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I found a couple nose art photos online, a B-17 and a B-24, both called "The Reluctant Dragon".

I bet someone who worked on these crash tests (it was Flight Safety Foundation) was a crew member on one of those bombers and named the H-21 after her.

Chris B.

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Yes the H-21 was complete, it was in civil service before Travis got it. 
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