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Hiller CH-112 NOMAD

The Hiller CH-112 light reconnaissance helicopter replaced the Bell 47-D at the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre, Rivers, Manitoba. It was a three-place helicopter with a single main rotor and an anti-torque tail rotor. Designed for operations in confined areas of the combat zone it could carry two passengers, two litter patients, or 400 pounds of cargo. Designated the OH-23D by the U.S. Army, the CH-112 was used by the Canadian Army for training helicopter pilots and for operational exercises during Brigade concentrations in the summer months. Some of these helicopters provided reconnaissance and liaison facilities for No. 4 Canadian Infantry Brigade Group in Germany.

It was intended that in the event of a national emergency, CH-112s would be employed in: air movement of small urgently needed stores; aeromedical evacuation; radio relay and transmission; Air Despatch Letter Service; messenger and courier service; line-laying; traffic control; radiological survey; danger warning - use of loudspeakers or sirens for warning of radiological fallout, chemical or bacteriological attack; propaganda - loudspeakers, leaflets; and air delivery of small patrols for tasks such as damage assessment, radiological or bacteriological survey.

aircraft specifications
CDN Reg: CH-112
US/NATO Reg.: OH-23D
Manufacturer: Hiller Helicopters
Crew / Passengers: Pilot and 2 passengers
Power Plant(s): One 305-h.p. Lycoming engine.
Performance: Max. speed, 96 mph Cruise for max. range, 82 mph Cruise for max. endurance, 50 mph
Weights: Empty, 1,896 lb. Gross, 2,750 lb.
Dimensions: Length, 40 ft. 81/2 in. Height, 10 ft. 11/2 in. Width (under-carriage), 10 ft. 0 in.
Armament: None
CH-112 Nomad LOH Helicopter

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