Kaman HH-43F Huskie

A picture of the Kaman HH-43F Huskie

Kaman began development of the Huskie in 1950 for the Navy and Marine Corps.  The prototype first flew in 1953.  The helicopter’s twin intermeshed rotor configuration eliminates the need for a tail rotor, but the angle at which they had to be mounted forces the rotor blades to approach very near the ground when the aircraft is landed making it very difficult to get close to the aircraft while the rotors are turning.  In 1958, the Air Force adopted the Huskie for aircraft rescue and firefighting.  The strong downwash from the rotor blades could be used push a fire away from a trapped crewman and the rescue teams. It was the first helicopter specifically purchased for airborne firefighting by the Air Force.  A civil version of the HH-43 called the K-Max was developed during the 1990s.

Rotor Diameter

51 ft 6 in.

Length

25 ft

Height

15 ft 6 in.

Weight

8,800 (loaded)

Maximum Speed

120 MPH

Service Ceiling

25,700 ft

Range

235 miles

Engine

One Lycoming T-53-L-1B turboshaft with 860 horsepower

Crew

3

Manufacturer
Kaman

Markings
42nd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Luke AFB, Arizona, 1972

Designation
HH-43F

Registration
N327WN

Serial Number
62-4531

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