Kaman OH-43D Huskie - Pima ASM, Tucson, AZ
Posted by: kb7ywl
N 32° 08.399 W 110° 52.118
12S E 512388 N 3555959
Quick Description: Kaman OH-43D Huskie BuNo 139974
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 3/24/2012 10:01:22 AM
Waymark Code: WME259
The Kaman HH-43 Huskie was a helicopter used by the US Air Force (USAF), the US Navy and the US Marine Corps from the 1950s until the 1970s. It was primarily used for aircraft firefighting and rescue in the close vicinity of air bases, but was later utilized as a short range overland search and rescue aircraft during the Vietnam War. Under the Navy's pre-1962 aircraft designation system, Navy and Marine Corps versions were originally designated as the HTK, HOK or HUK, contingent upon their use as training, observation or utility aircraft.
The Huskie had an unusual inter-meshing contra-rotating twin-rotor arrangement with control effected by servo-flaps. The first prototype flew in 1947 and was adopted by the Navy with a piston-engine. In 1954 in an experiment by Kaman and the Navy, one HTK-1 was modified and flew with its piston engine replaced by two turbine engines becoming the world's first twin turbine helicopter. Later the USAF adopted a version with one turboshaft engine: HH-43B and F versions.
This aircraft saw use in the Vietnam War with several detachments of the Pacific Air Rescue Center, the 33d, 36th, 37th, and 38th Air Rescue Squadrons, and the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, where the aircraft was known by its call sign moniker "Pedro". During Vietnam, the two-pilot HH-43 Huskie, flew more rescue missions than all other aircraft combined because of the unique hovering capability. The HH-43 was eventually replaced by newer aircraft in the early 1970s.
Type of Aircraft: (make/model): Kaman OH-43D Huskie
Tail Number: (S/N): BuNo 139974
Construction:: original aircraft
Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): Located at Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, AZ
inside / outside: outside
Pima Air & Space Museum
6000 E Valencia Rd
Tucson, Arizona 85756
Open 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily
Last admittance at 4:00 PM
$12.50-Pima Co Residents
FREE---Children 6 & under
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