Gyrodyne QH-50C Dash

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Gyrodyne
Markings
U.S. Navy, ca. 1963
Designation
QH-50C
Serial Number
DS-1045

Gyrodyne QH-50C Dash

DASH is an acronym for “Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter.” In the late 1950s the Navy was searching for a way to extend the anti-submarine capabilities of the large number of aging World War II era destroyers still serving in the fleet. These ships were considered too small for conventional manned helicopters and DASH was the answer to the problem. The DASH made its first flight on August 12, 1960 and was the world’s first unmanned helicopter. The QH-50C is designed to carry two homing torpedoes. The Navy first deployed the drones in late 1962 and they remained in service until 1970. Several QH-50s remain in use at the White Sands Missile Range as target tugs for missile testing.

Specifications
Wingspan 20 ft
Length 12 ft 10 in
Height 9 ft 4 in
Weight 2,303 lbs
Max. Speed 80 mph
Service Ceiling 16,200 ft
Range 70 miles
Engines 1 Boeing T50-BO-8A turbine engine 300 hp