Manufacturer: Grumman

Model: G-134TR

Name: Mohawk II

Type: Multipurpose VTOL platform

Date: 1984

Status: Operational

Country: United States of America

Service: U.S. Army

Designation: V-1H, V-1J, V-1K


he Grumman OV-1H Mohawk II was the next logical step in the evolution of the reliable and flexible G-134 design. Featuring widened and shortened wings, it became the first operational tilt-rotor in the U.S. inventory when the Army took delivery of the first aircraft in June 1986. The G-134TR Mohawk II proved a valuable asset in difficult missions over Panama and Nicaragua, where the hostile environment made landing impossible to the original version.

The Mohawk II was used for observation (OV-1H), as a rescue aircraft (HV-1H) and as an armed counter-insurgencency type (AV-1H). On top of the 110 new examples built by Grumman, most Mohawks remaining in the inventory were overhauled and brought up to "II" standard, bringing the total in operation up to 250. These versions, although externally similar to the new frames, presented a number of technical differences and were therefore designated with the use of the "J" suffix letter instead (OV-1J, HV-1J). There were no AV-1J conversions, as all 60 COIN aircraft were new from the factory. Finally, a small utility transport with deepened fuselage was produced in 12 examples (UV-1K).

The last Mohawk II was retired from service in May 2003, making the G-134 family one of the most enduring designs in U.S. service.


Below right is the great Mohawk photograph by Scott Slocum which I used as a basis. There is really not much to explain as to what I did here because it's pretty obvious when comparing the two images: redraw the wings with a little more dihedral, move the engines to the wing tips and enlarge them so they can make convincing tilt-pods, and remove the coastal scenery so that the aircraft looks further at sea (and so that the picture becomes a little more personal...)

The tough bit here of course was to recreate the blades of the propellers with in a realistic way and with the proper amount of transparency. The logo was adapted from a genuine Grumman logo.

Viewers' comments:
  • Nice concept (ONI-Defense)
  • Damn, this looks great!!!Again it makes sense and looks doable, logical, and practical. Ok, so the exhaust should look more like the Ospreys, but so what. This is a concept not a full out finished design and I love the way this looks!!!! :) Great concept design and work as always!!! :) (dinobatfan)
  • Ah, nice to hear it makes for a great COIN plane! Great work as always (Jetfreak-7)
  • cool (DarkProxy)
  • Love this idea! More money for experimental aircraft, please! (CUTANGUS)
  • Amazing!!! Simply amazing!! clap.gif (Stingray)

My comments:

Thanks folks. This is truly one of my favorite aircraft re-creations, and one I would love to see someone create in plastic one day! (hint hint)