Kaman OH-43D Huskie

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Kaman
Markings
Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 (HMX-1), Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico, Virginia, 1962
Designation
OH-43D
Serial Number
139974

Kaman OH-43D 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. The early Huskies used by the Navy and Marine Corps used a radial aircraft engine, while the later Air Force version used a turbine engine.

Specifications
Length 25 ft
Height 15 ft 6 in
Weight 6,800 lbs
Max. Speed 110 mph
Service Ceiling 25,000 ft
Range 185 miles
Engines 1 Pratt & Whitney R1340-52 radial 600 hp
Crew 3