The Kaman HH-43 Huskie is a helicopter that was used by the United States Air Force, the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps in the 1950s through 1970s. It was primarily used for aircraft firefighting and rescue. It was originally HOK and HUK under the USN.
The Huskie had an unusual inter-meshing contra-rotating twin-rotor arrangement with control effected by servo-flaps. The first prototype flew in 1947 and was adopted by the U.S. Navy with a piston-engined version. It was later adopted by the Air Force in a turboshaft B and F versions.
This aircraft saw use in the Vietnam War with several detachments of the 38th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron, where it was known by its call sign moniker "Pedro", before being replaced by newer aircraft in the early 1970s.
- Template:USA: US Air Force, US Marine Corps, US Navy
- Crew: 2 pilots, 2 rescue crew
- Length: ()
- Rotor diameter: 47 ft (14.3 m)
- Height: 17 ft 2 in (5.23 m)
- Max takeoff weight: 9,150 lb (4,150 kg)
- Powerplant: 1× Lycoming T53 turboshaft, hp (kW)
- Maximum speed: knots (120 mph, 193 km/h)
- Range: nm (185 mi, 298 km)
- Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,620 m)
- HH-43 page at the National Museum of the United States Air Force
- KensAviation.com page on the HH-43
- Museum of Aviation HH-43 page
- Unofficial USAF "Pedro" Crash Rescue Air Rescue Web Site
- Post-1962 Joint Service:
- 1948-1962 USAF, 1948-1956 Army
- 1922-1962 Navy :
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