Kaman HH-43F Huskie

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Kaman
Markings
42nd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Luke AFB, Arizona, 1972
Designation
HH-43F
Serial Number
62-4531

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 the must 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 actually push a fire away from a trapped crewman and the rescue teams. A civil version of the HH-43 called the K-Max was developed during the 1990s.

Specifications
Wingspan 47 ft
Length 47 ft
Height 17 ft 2 in
Weight 9,150 lbs
Max. Speed 120 mph
Service Ceiling 25,000 ft
Range 185 miles
Engines 1 Lycoming T-53 turbine with 860 horsepower
Crew 3