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Illustrated by: Eric Lian
MASH 4077 BELL H-13 (BELL 47) SIOUX US ARMY MEDEVAC is an art print from an original illustration. (This is not a photograph) Meticulously detailed, the helicopter is set against the background of the TV series, and the description text is bordered by the Mechanized Angels insignias and the American flag.
Perfect for award presentations, the office or home, or as a gift for that helicopter fan.
Printed on high quality, heavy weight Luster paper using a 12-color pigmented, archival ink system.
This print was included in ASA's 80th Anniversary art and photography portfolio.
The description on the print states:
The Bell H-13 - the military version of the Bell 47 - was a three-seat observation and basic training helicopter converted for use in medical evacuation during the Korean War. Dubbed the "Angel of Mercy" by soldiers on the battlefront, the H-13 was used to transport 18,000 of the war's total 23,000 casualties to forward deployed Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (M.A.S.H.)
Because of the hazards the crews encountered, such as vulnerability to enemy fire while on the ground, the Army set limits on the use of helicopters, including restricting aerial medevac to only the most serious cases. But pilots often ignored official constraints in order to reach wounded soldiers; even at night in isolated locations. In addition, although the pilots had no formal training in casualty care, they became adept at improvising ways to move the wounded more safely and in greater comfort.
As the iconic symbol of the medevac mission during the Korean War, the H-13 became familiar to American television audiences years later when it was shown in the background title shot of the "M.A.S.H" series, which aired from 1972 to 1983.