Saturday, February 7, 2009

Sikorsky H-19 (S-55)

The Sikorsky H-19, (also known as the S-55) was a multi-purpose helicopter used by the United States Army and the United States Air Force. United States Navy and Coast Guard models were designated HO4S, while those of the U.S. Marine Corps were HRS. (US Air Force Photo)

The H-19's first flight was on November 10, 1949 and it entered operations in 1950. Over 1,000 of the helicopters were manufactured in the U.S. An additional 550 were manufactured by licensees of the helicopter including Westland Aircraft (UK), Sud-Est in France and Mitsubishi in Japan. (US Air Force Photo)

U.S. Marines in Korea hook up a cargo net on a Sikorsky HRS-2 helicopter assigned to Marine transport squadron HMR-161 during "Operation Haylift II", which started on February 23, 1953. (Photographer: Sgt. Robert E. Kiser, USMC)

A Sikorsky HO4S helicopter of helicopter anti-submarine squadron HS-4 Sea Knights lifts off for a routine mail flight from the deck of the U.S. escort carrier USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116), during exercises off the U.S. west coast, on July 27, 1954. (Photographer: Machinist's Mate Joe Radigan, USN)


Major Pepperidge said...

I'm sure there must be other companies that make helicopters, but Sikorsky is the only name I know. Guess nobody has ever surpassed them!

Keith said...

That does seem to be the name I always think of myself. They seem to definitely the top dog in helicopter manufacturing.