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The Gyrodyne Helicopter Historical Foundation (GHHF) is a private foundation incorporated in the State of Nevada as a Non-profit organization.  Permission has been granted for use on this site (www.m38a1.com) of the following photos and text by the Foundation .

NitePanther-1.jpg (22958 bytes) Photo Credit: Gyrodyne Foundation (used with permission)

The Model M38A1 used was a standard jeep which had been adapted to carry a modified Target Control System AN/SRW-4B as the command link between the ground and the airborne vehicle in addition to start up equipment for the QH-50 and for receiving, monitoring, recording and subsequent playback of television information generated by the airborne vehicle. In addition, the jeep had been outfitted with a Special Support Telemetry System to monitor 38 data parameters and two synchronizing channels which were processed by the airborne telemetry system.

NitePanther-2.jpg (17668 bytes) Photo Credit: Gyrodyne Foundation (used with permission)

On the left side, from top to bottom is the Video Recorder, Telemetry Receiver and Telemetry Antenna Controller.

On the right side, from top to bottom is the TV Monitor, TV Receiver and Telemetry Data Display Unit

NitePanther-3.jpg (23222 bytes) Photo Credit: Gyrodyne Foundation (used with permission)

On the left side of the photo, from top to bottom is the Telemetry Receiving Antenna Assembly placed on the Telemetry Antenna Mast.

The Antenna's seen at far right consist of the TV Receiving Antenna, Command Antenna and the TV Transistorized Amplifier.

NitePanther-4.jpg (25021 bytes) Photo Credit: Gyrodyne Foundation (used with permission)

On the left side of the photo, over the front fender are the Antenna Extensions. Next to the passenger seat, is the Auxiliary relay assembly, Command Transmitter and Control Monitor.

NitePanther-5.jpg (25651 bytes) Photo Credit: Gyrodyne Foundation (used with permission)

In the back of the Jeep, on the left side from top to bottom is the TV Monitor, Receiver and Remote Azimuth indicator.

On the right side was located the Video Tape recorder, DME and Multiplexer.

On the very front of the Jeep are the Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) and Engine Umbilical Cables.

NitePanther-6.jpg (16718 bytes) Photo Credit: Gyrodyne Foundation (used with permission)

The Model M38A1 was a standard jeep which was adapted to carry command, telemetry, and television equipment with the necessary power supplies.

Functionally, this control station provides for the following:

1. Start up and pre-flight checkout of the QH-50 vehicle.

2. Command of the aircraft from takeoff to touch- down. Provision was made for takeover from and handover to either a shipboard control station or another Truck Control Station.

3.    Monitoring of aircraft status while in flight.

4.    Tracking of the aircraft and determination of its azimuth and slant range relative to the Truck Control Station.

5.    Receiving, monitoring, recording and playback of television information transmitted from the airborne station.

 

NitePanther-7.jpg (26754 bytes) Photo Credit: Gyrodyne Foundation (used with permission)

 

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