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Kaman HH-43 Huskie Military Helicopter

The Kaman HH-43 Huskie first flew in 1947, initially powered by a piston engine and later by a turbo-shaft jet engine. The Huskie was an unusual design of helicopter having twin two blade rotors intermeshing and counter rotating. The Kaman HH-43 Huskie was operated by the USAF the Marine Corps and the US Navy, and served as a rescue and fire fighting helicopter, the Huskie was retired in favour of more modern and conventional designs in the early 1970's by which time over 350 had been produced by Kaman Aircraft, the majority being powered by the Lycoming turboshaft engine.

Kaman HH-43 Huskie Military Helicopter


Kaman HH-43F Huskie Specifications:

  • Crew: Two pilots, two rescue crew
  • Length: 25 ft 0 in (7.6 m)
  • Main rotor diameter: 2 47 ft in (14.3 m)
  • Height: 17 ft 2 in (5.18 m)
  • Gross weight: 9,150 lb (4,150 kg)
  • Engine: Single 860 hp (640 kW) Lycoming T53 turbo-shaft
  • Maximum speed: 120 mph (190 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 105 mph (169 km/h)
  • Range: 185 miles (298 km)
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,620 m)

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