Among The Dragon Lines
HUGHES STALLION WK-4
HUGHES STALLION WK-4
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Make no mistake; this is one sweet honey of a whirlybird.
The first Stallion flew in 2012 and has been in the
air ever since. That should tell you something right
there. Sometimes people do realize that if something
ain’t broke, don’t fix it! But then, sometimes you can
teach old dogs new tricks.
The current Stallion model, the WK-4, started rolling
off the Hughes assembly lines in late 2072 and has been
a big seller ever since. The first production run sold out
within a month, forcing Hughes to expand their production
lines. It took almost a year to catch up with the back
orders, but now the WK-4 is rolling out at a nice steady
pace and is slowly replacing the older WK-2 and WK-3
models (not that they needed replacing, but newer is always
better right?). Overall the WK-4 is a slight departure
from previous designs. The main rotors on the WK-4 are
set farther back and the tail section has been updated.
The biggest design changes, however, are the landing
skids, which have undergone a major redesign that allows
for better landings and reduced drag while in flight.
The biggest reason for the Stallion’s success is its
versatility. She may not be the best at anything, but
the base model is really fragging good at doing a lot of
things and is a true (pun intended) workhorse helo. With
a few tweaks, the Stallion can be configured to handle
just about every known helo job on the planet in a wide
variety of environments. This baby practically begs to be
hot-rodded! Militaries, corps, governments, and civilians
all over the world use the Stallion in one capacity
or another, making it one of the most common aircraft
in the sky.
Another secret of the Stallion’s success is her reliability.
Built with ease of maintenance in mind, Stallions
feature multiple redundant systems that help keep the
bird in the air when dealing with pesky things like, say,
incoming fire. Semi-modular parts and convenient access
panels allow mechanics to perform maintenance in
roughly three-fourths of the time it would take another
bird. It also helps that many parts from older Stallion
models are compatible with the WK-4.
All this comes in a package that, compared to other
birds, won’t break the bank.