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List of United States military helicopters


List of United States military helicopters

This is a list of United States military helicopters


  • List 1
  • See also 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • Bibliography 5
  • External links 6


US military helicopters
Name Role Manufacturer Image Note Year of
first flight
Introduction Number built
Sikorsky R-4 Helicopter Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation First USAF helicopter. 1942 ? 131
Sikorsky H-5 Helicopter Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation 1943 1945-1957 300
Sikorsky R-6 Helicopter Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation World War II 1943 1945-1951 225
Kellett R-8 Experimental helicopter Kellett Autogiro Corporation Prototype. Program canceled 1946. 1944 never 2
Bell H-13 Sioux Light observation helicopter Bell Aircraft Corporation Bell 47 variant. 1945 1946-1974 2407
Kellett XR-10 Military transport helicopter Kellett Autogiro Corporation Prototype. Program canceled 1949. 1947 never 2
Sikorsky S-52 Utility helicopter Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation 1947 1951-? 93
Kaman HH-43 Huskie Firefighting/rescue Kaman Aircraft 1947 1958-1973[1]
Piasecki HUP Utility helicopter Piasecki Helicopter The « Army Mule ». 1948 1949-1964 339
Hiller OH-23 Raven Multipurpose light helicopter Hiller Aircraft 1948 1950- ? 2000
Sikorsky H-19 Utility helicopter Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation 1949 1950- ? 1102
Vertol H-21 Cargo helicopter Piasecki Helicopter 1952 1954-1967 707
Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave Assault Transport Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Large heavy lift helicopter used by the Army designated "Mojave" and Marines nicknamed "Deuce" 1953 1956-1969 153
De Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle Experimental rotorcraft de Lackner Helicopters Prototype. Program canceled. 1954 never 12
Sikorsky H-34 Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Anti-submarine warfare helicopter 1954 1954-1973 2108
Bell UH-1 Iroquois Utility helicopter Bell Aircraft Corporation The UH-1 was in the service of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. 1956 1959- in service 16000
Sikorsky S-62 SAR/utility helicopter Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation It was used by the United States Coast Guard. 1958 1961-1993 175
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King ASW/SAR/utility helicopter Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation used as the official helicopters of the President of the United States Marine One 1959 1961-2006 1500
Sikorsky S-61R Medium-lift transport/SAR helicopter Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation The S-61R served in the United States Air Force and in the United States Coast Guard. 1959 1961-in service ?
Kaman SH-2 Seasprite Anti-submarine warfare helicopter Kaman Aircraft 1959 1962-2001 184
Boeing CH-47 Chinook Transport helicopter Boeing 1961 1962-in service 1180
Sikorsky CH-54 Heavy-lift cargo helicopter Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation 1962 1964-1991 105
Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight Cargo helicopter Boeing It is used by the United States Marine Corps. 1962 1964-in service 524
Hughes OH-6 Cayuse Light Observation Helicopter / Utility Hughes Aircraft 1963 1966-in service 1420
MD Helicopters MH-6 Little Bird Light Observation Helicopter MD Helicopters Used for special operations in the United States Army. 1963 1980-Present ?
Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion Heavy-lift cargo helicopter Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Load capability of 35,000 pounds [2]
Sikorsky MH-53 Pave Low, US Air Force variant.[3]
1964 1966-in service 500
Bell AH-1 Cobra Attack helicopter Bell Helicopter Textron Used in US Marine Corps 1965 1967-in service 1116
Bell 206 Multipurpose Utility helicopter Bell Aircraft Corporation 1966 1967-in service 7300
Bell OH-58 Kiowa Observation/scout helicopter Bell Aircraft Corporation Five versions: OH-58A, OH-58C, OH58C/S, OH-58D, OH-58D Kiowa Warrior 1966 1969- in service 2200
Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne Attack helicopter Lockheed Corporation Prototype. Program canceled 1972.[4] 1967 Cancelled 10
Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Utility helicopter Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Black Hawks have served in combat during conflicts in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and other areas in the Middle East.. 1974 1979-in service 2600
Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk[5] Combat Search and Rescue helicopter Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation 1974 1982-in service 101
Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota Utility helicopter Eurocopter Adapted from the Eurocopter EC145 and built in Columbus, Mississippi. 1999 2006-in service 250
Boeing AH-64 Apache Attack helicopter Hughes Aircraft, 1975 1984-in service 1174
Hughes MD 500 Defender Light multi-role helicopter Hughes Aircraft based on the MD Helicopters MD 500 light utility helicopter. 1976 1976-in service 471
Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk Multimission maritime helicopter Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk variant. 1979 1984-in service ?
Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey V/STOL transport Boeing/Bell 1989 2007-in service 160
Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche Reconnaissance and attack helicopter Boeing/Sikorsky Prototype. Program canceled 2004.[6] 1996 never 5
Bell UH-1Y Venom Utility helicopter Bell Aircraft Corporation The UH-1Y Venom is currently in full-rate production to replace the UH-1N Twin Huey 2001 2008-in service 54
Bell ARH-70 Arapaho Armed reconnaissance helicopter Bell Aircraft Corporation Prototype. Program canceled 2008.[7] 2006 never 4
Piasecki X-49 Experimental high-speed compound helicopter Piasecki Helicopter Prototype under development. 2007 1

See also



  1. ^ ,, 15 February 2011.Kaman HH-43B Huskie
  2. ^ , / CH-53A Stallion
  3. ^ , H-53 Sea Stallion
  4. ^ ,, 26 February 2014.Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne Attack Helicopter Prototype (1967)
  5. ^ , Air Force Magazine, May 2008.Gallery of USAFF weapons - 2008 USAF AlmanacSusan Young,
  6. ^ , RAH-66 Comanche
  7. ^ ,, 7 December 2010.ARH70 Arapaho


  • (French) Philippe Poulet et Frédéric Ogeret, La fabuleuse histoire de l'hélicoptère, Éditions Mission Spéciale, 2007, 312 p. ISBN 978-2-9163-5714-0
  • (French) Ouvrage collectif, L'Atlas des hélicoptères, Éditions Atlas, Éditions Glénat, 2002, 240 p. ISBN 2-7234-3368-4

External links

  • 2012 Gallery of USAF Weapons includes numbers and types of USAF aircraft
  • United States Navy Fact File page includes links to Fact File pages for USN manned and unmanned aircraft.
  • United States Army 2010 Weapons System Handbook (PDF file, 41.6 mb) includes pages describing USA manned and unmanned aircraft.
  • United States Coast Guard Aircraft and Cutters page includes links to descriptive pages for USCG manned and unmanned aircraft.
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