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Michigan State Police UH-1H refurbished

31st July 2017 - 02:07 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Metro Aviation company PAC International has completed maintenance and exterior refurbishment work on a Michigan State Police Bell UH-1H helicopter.

This is the first of two UH-1H aircraft that will undergo the work.

The aircraft’s original coating was removed using the company’s soft media blast booth and the airframe was inspected for corrosion.

Michigan State Police's Aviation Unit works closely with all Michigan law enforcement agencies, as well as the Michigan National Guard and the US Coast Guard air stations. The unit has operates a mixed fixed and rotor-wing fleet, that also includes a Bell 206L3 and Bell 407GX. It also operates two Aeryon SkyRanger UAS.

Bryan Fisher, paint supervisor at PAC, said: ‘This aircraft had the original military Chemical Agent Resistant Coating paint which was extremely hard to sand. This paint is used on military vehicles to make metal surfaces highly resistant to corrosion and penetration of chemical agents.

‘Once the paint was removed, the airframe was found to be in excellent condition and free of corrosion. The end result is a superior finish that will last for many years to come.’

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