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pilot + three
P&W R-985
450 h.p.
57 ft. 1 in.
12 ft. 11 in.
48 ft.
4,050 lbs.
5,500 lbs.
85 mph
107 mph
1,240 fpm
14,800 feet
275 miles

Sikorsky H-5

Sikorsky H-5

The Sikorsky H-5, called the Dragonfly, was probably best known for its role as a medevac helicopter, rescuing downed pilots during the Korean War. It was a larger, more powerful, more streamlined progression of the original line of Sikorsky helicopters, capable of additional missions.

The H-5 became the first dedicated rescue helicopter when fitted with a hoist and external fuel tank. Operated by the U.S. Navy, it was also the first helicopter used in the Antarctic.

The helicopter was updated through the years. Modifications included adding a nose wheel, more interior room, and additional payload capacity. The H-5 became the world's first amphibious helicopter when it was fitted with pontoons which had wheels extending from them.

The H-5 cockpit seated a pilot and co pilot in tandem. The pilot's position afforded excellent visibility, essential for the search and rescue role. For medevac missions, stretchers were carried on each side of the helicopter.

The H-5 was the first all metal helicopter built in the Sikorsky line. Previous helicopters were cloth covered. This made it more able to withstand the harsh conditions it was exposed to. Pilots particularly appreciated its precise handling, an improvement over prior helicopter designs.

The Sikorsky H-5, also designated the R-5 and S-51, was used by the U.S. Army in the medevac role, and as an observation and scout aircraft. It was used for search and rescue by the U.S.C.G. and as a utility helicopter by the U.S.M.C. It was used for sea duties on a wide variety of ships by the U.S.N. It was even used by the U.S. Post Office. A number were also sold for civilian applications. On Jan. 10, 1946 a H-5 climbed to an altitude of 21,000 feet, making it one of the world's highest flying helicopters.

In addition to being built in the United States, a total of 133 of the helicopters were built under license in England by Westland.

A total of over 300 Sikorsky H-5 helicopters of all types were produced.

Sikorsky H-5
Sikorsky H-5

The Sikorsky H-5 fuselage from Darth comes in two halves, is made from Styrene, and fits 450 size mechanics.

The Sikorsky H-5 makes an unusual radio control helicopter. It is not often modeled. We could only find one fuselage from Darth currently being sold.

Sikorsky H-5
Sikorsky H-5

The Sikorsky H-5 cardboard model sold by Fiddlers Green has been used for the basis of a radio control helicopter.

Sikorsky H-5
Sikorsky H-5

The Sikorsky H-5 built by John Morgan uses ECO 7 mechanics. Length is 47", height is 13" and construction is mostly from Depron.

Sikorsky H-5
Sikorsky H-5

The Sikorsky H-5 fuselage built by Darthdrk from RC Groups is made to fit TRex and Zoom mechanics.

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