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    BHI Technical Training School Instructors circa 1976

    Pictured: Group of Bell Helicopter International (BHI) Technical Training School Instructors, circa 1976.

    Summary: Materials related to Robert "Dale" Erickson’s time in Iran working for Bell Helicopter International (BHI) in the 1970s along with longtime donor to the Tarrant County Archives, Dominick "Nick" Cirincione. Many of the items were contributed by Don G. Hodde, instructor and supervisor, BHI, in Tehran and Esfahan, 1973-1979, and Sid Achee. Don was a member of BHI’s Flight One on April 1, 1973.  Collection consists of newspapers, photographs, correspondence, artifacts and ephemera related to Bell Helicopter International.

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    Item Date Description

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    March 16, 1974

    Headline: "Mehrabad air disaster"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    October 31, 1974

    Headline: "Hussein pledges backing for PLO—to meet Arafat. Features color supplement commemorating Crown Prince’s 14th birthday"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    December 7, 1974

    Headline: "Day the Roof Fell In"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    January 30, 1978

    Headline: "Begin Sticks to No War Pledge"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    January 7, 1979

    Headline: "On the road to democracy"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    January 8, 1979

    Headline: "Fuel crisis may drag on"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    January 11, 1979

    Headline: "U.S. beefs up navy off Iran"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    January 13, 1979

    Headline: "Khomeini may come in days"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    January 14, 1979

    Headline: "Shah rejects coup"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    January 15, 1979

    Headline: "Oil exports ‘to resume soon’"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    January 16, 1979

    Headline: "Shah ‘will leave today’"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    January 17, 1979

    Headline: "Shah flies out"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    January 18, 1979

    Headline: "Quake toll rises"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    January 21, 1979

    Headline: "I will be home soon—Khomeini"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    January 22, 1979

    Headline: "Countdown for Khomeini"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    January 23, 1979

    Headline: "Army backs Bakhtiar"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    January 28, 1979

    Headline: "Breakthrough"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    January 30, 1979

    Headline: "Bakhtiar unmoved"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    January 31, 1979

    Headline: "9 a.m. tomorrow—Green light for Khomeini flight"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    February 1, 1979

    Headline: "Homecoming"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    February 3, 1979

    Headline: "I’ll punch government in mouth"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    February 4, 1979

    Headline: "Jihad only if peace means fail"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    February 5, 1979

    Headline: "I’m legal as Mossadeq"

    Kayhan International, Tehran—main English language newspaper

    February 6, 1979

    Headline: "Stand-off"

    Tehran Journal, Tehran—Other English language newspaper

    January 9, 1979

    Headline: "Tabriz in Flames"

    Tehran Journal, Tehran—Other English language newspaper

    February 4, 1979

    Headline: "Civil war looms?"

    International Herald-Tribune, Paris

    February 9, 1979

    Headline: "Bakhtiar Says No ‘Surrender,’ But May Agree to Referendum"

    International Herald-Tribune, Paris

    February 10-11, 1979

    Headline: "Iran Unit Launches Attack on Air Base"

    International Herald-Tribune, Paris

    February 12, 1979

    Headline: "Bakhtiar Regime Collapses in Iran"

    International Herald-Tribune, Paris

    February 13, 1979

    Headline: "Iran Takeover Completed; Khomeini Installs Premier"

    Athens News, Athens—English language newspaper

    February 10, 1979

    Headline: "Bazargan Tells Bakhtiar: “If you are a human being, obey will of people and step down”; “Dead King” Never to Return"

    Athens News, Athens—English language newspaper

    February 11-12, 1979

    Headline: "Iran: Civil War Imminent"

    Athens News, Athens—English language newspaper

    February 13, 1979

    Headline: "Khomeini’s Revolution Reaches Triumphant Climax"

    Athens News, Athens—English language newspaper

    February 14, 1979

    Headline: "Bakhtiar Arrested"

    Greek language newspaper

    February 13, 1979

    Headline (translated): "Massacre of Generals in Iran"

    Various Iranian language (Farsi) newspapers

    Various

    Most issues from period of Iranian revolution in January and February, 1979

    Assessment of BHI’s position

    December 16, 1978

    Memo from BHI General Manager and Vice President R. N. Mackinnon assessing current and future status of the company’s contracts

    Employee/Dependent Departure Info

    January 2, 1979

    Memo with instructions for Bell-organized charter evacuation flights

    Technical Instruction Department Employees Roster

    January 10, 1979

    Revised employee roster for technical instruction department reflecting dwindling personnel

    BHI Indemnification for Loss of Personnel Effects due to Iran Situation

    December 23, 1978

    Memo clarifying BHI’s guidelines for insuring and inventorying personnel effects for maximum reimbursement with attached Personal Property Inventory sheet

    BHI Training Division Infogram, Isfahan

    December 6, 1978
    December 12, 1978
    December 20, 1978
    December 23, 1978
    December 24, 1978
    December 30, 1978
    December 12, 1978
    December 31, 1978
    January 7, 1979

    Series of memos that summarize recent security incidents and availability of food, fuel and Employee Relation services

    Rotor Wash, Esfahan

    December 13, 1978
    December 24, 1978

    Bulletins from BHI Training Division with security updates and Christmas activities

    HR News, Hydraulic Research Textron newsletter

    March 1979

    Story: Exit from Iran. Note: This Textron organization was not directly affiliated with BHI, but the experiences depicted were typical for BHI personnel.

    A Christmas Story …, by unknown author in Tehran

    Circa December 1978

    A parody of The Night Before Christmas that captures the humor of BHI personnel during the period of martial law and curfew during the unrest leading up to the revolution. Note: Some bad language

    BHI News, Tehran

    April 1976

    Headline: "BHI celebrates third anniversary"

    BHI News, Tehran

    February 1976

    Headline: "Shahanshah visits Training Center"

    BHI News, Tehran

    April 1978

    Headline: "In the Beginning … There was Flight One. Fifth Anniversary of Bell Helicopter International in Iran"

    Graduation Program, Technical Training School, Tehran

    July 24, 1973

    First Technical Training School class graduation program with class roster

    Instructor Evaluation Report, Imperial Iranian Army Aviation Training Center, Esfahan

    April 24, 1977

    Standards and Evaluation report of an Iranian instruction being trained as part of BHI’s counterpart training program

    Imperial Iranian Army Aviation Certificate, blank

    Circa 1973-1979

    Certificate presented to graduates of the Technical Training School

    Instructor Certificates

    1975
    1977  

    Certificates earned by Don G. Hodde, supervisory instructor, Technical Training School. Two certificates from 1977.

    Aviation Mechanic’s Creed

    1953

    Creed used to emphasize importance of trust, knowledge and skill expected of aviation mechanics; classroom material

    BHI and IIAA staff photo

    Circa 1977

    Group photo of BHI and IIAA leadership; pictured include Howard Moore, BHI Training Division Director (front row, second from left) and Col. Mohammed Shahnaz, Commandant, Imperial Iranian Army Aviation Training Center (front row, fourth from left)

    Iran Employee Directory

    1975

    BHI Iran Employee Directory

    Brochure and program, IIAF Golden Crown aerobatics team

    Circa 1977

    Program for aerobatic demonstration at Katemi Air Force Base, Esfahan

    Letterhead, Commodore Hotel, Tehran

    1973

    Letterhead from hotel that housed BHI employees based in Tehran upon arrival in Iran

    Shah and Empress photo

    Circa 1977  

    Photo of Shah and Empress in horse-drawn carriage during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Pahlavi dynasty

    BHI employees on Spanish vacation

    March 1977

    Four BHI employees enjoying vacation in Spain; from left: Dale Erickson, Nick Cirincionne, unknown and Don Hodde

    Photo, black and white

    Circa 1973

    Sid Achee, Technical Training School Director, and Don Hodde, TTS Instructor, comparing photographic techniques

    Photo, two men in Arab headdress

    October 1976

    Recently arrived travelers from Israel tour, Don Hodde and Dale Erickson visit residence of Flavil and Nell Johnson in Tehran before connecting flight to Esfahan

    Photo, Technical Training School instructors

    Circa 1976

    Group photo of Technical Training School instructors

    Postcard, IIAA Chinook helicopter

    Circa 1977  

    Boeing Chinook helicopter in Imperial Iranian Army Aviation desert paint scheme

    Photo, Bell Model 214A

    Circa 1973-1975

    Bell Model 214A helicopter specifically designed for the Imperial Iranian Army Aviation

    Photo, Bell Model AH-1J

    Circa 1973-1975

    Bell Model AH-1J helicopter specifically designed for the Imperial Iranian Army Aviation

    Photo, Bell Model AH-1J and 214A

    Circa 1977  

    Photo showing both Bell Model AH-1J and 214A helicopters in Imperial Iranian Army Aviation desert paint scheme

    Photo, Technical Training School instructors and managers

    March 1978

    Group photo of Technical Training School staff during two-year pin presentation

    Photo, Shah reviewing army officers

    undated

    Shah visiting army base and reviewing officers

    Calendar, Bell Helicopter

    1974

    March photo shows Bell Model 214A and AH-1J helicopters

    Calendar, Bell Helicopter

    1977

    June photo shows Bell Model AH-1J in IIAA desert paint scheme

    Information sheet, American Embassy, Athens, Greece

    February 1979

    Handout to evacuees upon arrival in Athens, Greece, after flight from Tehran

    Decorative packaging

    undated

    Decorative panel from box of candy from Esfahan called “gaz”

    Decorated Farsi text scroll

    undated

    Hand-colored scroll and rose drawing; text unknown

    Party invitation addressed to Don Hodde

    March 30, 1973

    Invitation to get-acquainted party at the Euless home of E. J. Smith, Flight Training School Director, two days before departure of Flight One from Love Field to Tehran

    Various receipts and product labels in Farsi with some English

    1973-1979

    Various receipts and product labels in Farsi with some English as collected by BHI employee, Don Hodde

    Maps

    undated

    Tourist maps of Tehran and Isfahan

    Tourist brochures

    undated

    Iran: The Caspian Coast, Gilan Province (in Farsi) and Hotel Shah Abbas in Esfahan

    Christmas and New Year card

    Circa 1973-1978

    Greeting card to Don Hodde from Dale Erickson

    Invitation to BHI 5th anniversary party in Tehran

    April 16, 1978

    Invitation to Bell Helicopter International’s Fifth Anniversary celebration in Tehran at the Royal Tehran Hilton Hotel

    BHI-IIAA sticker

    1973-1979

    Sticker showing IIAA and BHI logos

    Imperial Iranian Army Aviation shoulder patch

    undated

    Official IIAA military uniform cloth patch

    Bell Helicopter International patch

    1973-1979

    Bell Helicopter International cloth patch worn on BHI distinctive blazers

    Plastic name tag

    Circa 1975

    Name tag for Tech School Instructor, Don Hodde

    Address/Phone Book/Calendar

    1978

    Farsi address book/phone book/calendar for Imperial Iranian year 2537 (March 21, 1978 to March 20, 1979)

    Folder, Welcome to IIAATC, with hotel letterheads

    Circa 1974

    Folder originally designed to contain handouts for visiting dignitaries to the Imperial Iranian Army Aviation Training Center. Contains letterheads from Shiraz Inn, Tehran International Hotel, Kouroush Hotel, Commodore Hotel and Tehran Tower Hotel. Beverage coaster from Shiraz Inn.

    Menu, Farsi/English

    1974

    Farsi/English menu from Tehran Tower Hotel

    Dry cleaner bag

    undated

    Dry cleaner bag from Takhteh Jamshid Express, Esfahan

    Laundry bag

    1973

    Laundry bag from Commodore Hotel, Tehran

    Shopping bags

    Circa 1974-1978

    Shopping bags from Esfahan Large Store and Super Gharibiyan, Esfahan

    TIME Magazine

    November 20, 1978

    Article, page 50: "The Shah’s Fight for Survival"

    Dallas Morning News clippings

    November-December 1978

    Various newspaper clippings from DMN containing stories of Iranian unrest (found inside TIME Magazine described above)

    Novelty note paper, Tehran Bell Hop

    undated

    Note paper with cartoon of a helicopter riding atop a passenger jet and labeled “Tehran Bell Hop”

    Tehran Bell Hop sticker

    undated

    Sticker with cartoon of a helicopter riding atop a passenger jet and labeled “Tehran Bell Hop”

    American Ski Club, Tehran

    1973

    Gag skiing medal awarded to Sid Achee after breaking his leg skiing at resort northeast of Tehran

    Iran Helicopter Industry sticker

    1973

    English/Farsi sticker from Iran Helicopter Industry (IHI)

    Reminders for Instructors handout

    1974-1979

    Handout provided classroom instructors, IIAATC, Isfahan

    Various photographs of BHI personnel in Tehran, Esfahan, and Arlington, TX

    1973-1979
    October 1999

    Photos roughly batched together with event identification in Iran.
    Photos of BHI 20th Reunion in October 1999 at Arlington Convention Center.

    Printout of PowerPoint presentation

    October 14, 2016

    Printout of PowerPoint presentation delivered to Bell Helicopter Retiree group by Ron Clegg. The PowerPoint file is on the Bell Helicopter International Files CD-ROM

    BHI News

    April 1976

    Issue notes the third anniversary of Bell Helicopter International. Printed in Tehran, Iran.

    Bell Helicopter International News

    September 1977

    Typical monthly newsletter. Printed in Tehran, Iran.

    Bell Helicopter International News

    March 1978

    Typical monthly newsletter. Printed in Tehran, Iran.

    Bell Helicopter News

    March 23, 1973

    Articles on pages 3 and 4 plus cover on the creation of Bell Helicopter International. Printed in Fort Worth.

    Bell Helicopter News

    March 24, 1978

    Article on page 2 announcing future Bell 214ST co-production in Esfahan, Iran. Printed in Fort Worth. Article on pages 6 and 7 recounting experiences of BHI husband and wife in Esfahan, Iran. Printed in Fort Worth.

    Bell Helicopter News

    April 7, 1978

    Article on page 3 noting fifth anniversary of BHI. Printed in Fort Worth.

    Defence Helicopter

    March-April 1992

    Article on Iranian Airmobility that mentions Bell Helicopter models originally delivered during the 1970s.

    BHI Iran Newsletter

    Spring 1998, Fall/Winter 1999, and Spring/Summer 2000

    Three newsletters published by and for BHI ex-employees.

    Rotor Breeze (photocopy of front page)

    Circa late 1972 or early 1973

    Photocopy of article that announces the sale of Bell AH-1J and 214A helicopters to the Government of Iran. Printed in Fort Worth. Volume 22, No. 6

    Bell Helicopter International brochure

    1973

    BHI brochure identifying the Board of Directors, descriptions of BHI, Bell Helicopter Company and Textron Incorporated, and photos of Bell AH-1J and 214 helicopters

    Document printed from an unidentified Internet article

    October 31, 2013

    “Sharing the Pilot’s Seat with the Shah”, an account of the sales and flight demonstrations that convinced the Shah to authorize purchase of the Bell AH-1J and 214A helicopters.

    Bell Helicopter International Iran Employee Directory

    1975

    Employee Directory identifying employee name, organization, location, phone number, spouse and employee ID number.

    Bell Helicopter International Interoffice Employee Directory

    October 1975

    Employee Directory for US-based staff.

    Book in slipcase by the Shah of Iran.

    1971

    Iran, Philosophy Behind the Revolution by His Imperial Majesty Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, Aryamehr, Shahanshah of Iran

    Life in Iran book

    1976

    A BHI publication created primarily for new Iran-based employees to acquaint them with Iranian history, language, and culture; BHI operations in Iran; and transportation, housing, school, recreation and communication options.

    Bell Helicopter International 5-year service pin

    1978

    Pin awarded to BHI personnel upon completion of five years employment (five pins).

    Iran-Bell Helicopter International dual flag stand

    N/A

    Desktop flag stand displaying the Iran national flag and the Bell Helicopter International flag.

    Bell AH-1J Cobra gun ship model

    undated

    Model of Bell AH-1J Cobra painted in Imperial Iranian Army Aviation desert colors.

    Bell Helicopter International Files CD-ROM

    2015-16

    CD-ROM comprising photos of two BHI reunion gatherings at the home of June and Howard Brook in Richland Hills (2015 and 2016) and the PowerPoint presentation delivered to the Bell Helicopter Retiree group by Ron Clegg in 2016. The printout of this presentation is included in the documents collection.

    Various photos taken in Tehran, Esfahan, Shiraz, and Persepolis, Iran and in Bedford, TX

    1973, 1974, 1990, 1994

    Personal photos donated by Sid Achee, BHI employee (Director of Technical Training School and Deputy Director of Training). Photos show BHI facilities in Tehran, training school staff, social gatherings, cultural attractions and reunion gatherings in Bedford, Texas.

    Various Aviation-related caps undated
    Bell Helicopter International/Imperial Iranian Army Aviation
    Book 1995 The Guts to Try: The Untold Story of the Iran Hostage Rescue Mission by the On-Scene Desert Commander, by Col. James H. Kyle, USAF (Ret.) with John Robert Eidson, paperback, 1995.
    Book 2013 Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran, by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett, hardback, 2013.
    Book 2011 Our Man in Tehran: The True Story Behind the Secret Mission to Save Six Americans During the Iran Hostage Crisis and the Foreign Ambassador Who Worked with the CIA to Bring Them Home, by Robert Wright, hardback, 2011.
    Book 2008 Pivotal Moments in History: The Iranian Revolution, by Brendan January, hardback, 2008.