12 July 2015
It was an episode in December 8, 2013 when the world took notice of a storm and nations brought with them military hardware to help airlift badly needed relief supplies to remote areas in the Visayas and one rotorcraft impresses the Philippine Air Force on what could become the eventual replacement of the Hueys. The Philippine Air Force has been operating derivatives of the Bell UH-1H helicopters since the late 1960s, and received their first two Bell 412s in 1994, all in civilian variants. A first combat variant was recently delivered in June and was on display at the PAF's 68th anniversary in July 1 to become eventually the new combat utility backbone of the Air Force. Our reports can be accessed here.