As our first project, we decided to recreate EMU 309 (tail # 68-16309), a typical UH-1H slick. Initially, we hoped to locate an actual veteran 135th slick to bring up to airworthy condition. Unfortunately, this proved untenable.
We then decided to recreate a representative EMU slick from whatever UH-1H could be reasonably located and purchased. That aircraft turned out to be 65-09870, which was in marginally flyable condition and had very good component times. It was purchased from the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office which received it from the Army in 1996. Locating this helicopter at a reasonable price was crucial to our project.