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It should be noted that there are some slight variations of the OH-6 depending on the year built. This model was based on the first variant. Some of the variations are simply the base helicopter with the doors removed, and armament systems added.
Description and History
When the US Army put forth a requirement for 4,000 new helicopters to fulfill a variety of support and combat duties, a number of helicopter and airplane manufacturers submitted bids for designs. Ultimately, Bell and Hiller were selected to build prototypes to compete in the Light Observation Helicopter (LOH) program.
In a controversial move, the newly-formed Hughes Helicopter was also permitted to participate. Though the Hiller design was generally considered to be the best of the three entrants, the industry was stunned when Hughes was announced the winner of such a massive contract. In its favor, the Hughes 369 was a remarkably small and agile design, but the project was so fraught with cost overruns and engineering difficulties that the Army cancelled production after only some 1,400 of the projected 4,000 had been built. The type did prove valuable in Vietnam but was soon relegated to second-line units after the Army awarded a new LOH contract to the Bell OH-58.
Despite these difficulties, Hughes proceeded to develop a civil version, the MD 500, that has become one of the most popular civil helicopters in history. The latest versions include the 520N/600N which use a NOTAR (No TAil Rotor) system. Instead of using a traditional tail rotor to counteract torque, NOTAR employs an air jet at the end of the tail boom. More advanced military versions based on the civil variants have also been developed, namely the 500MG and 530MG Defender series.
In addition to the US Army and other militaries, major users of the MD 500 include police departments and border patrol agencies. Including all variants, over 4,000 MD 500 helicopters have been built including about 100 NOTAR models.
HISTORY First Flight February 1963 Service Entry September 1966
CREW Two, pilot, co-pilot
PASSENGERS Four, armed troops
DIMENSIONS Length 30.31 ft (9.24 m) rotors turning
Rotor Disk Area 544.63 ft² (50.60 m²)
WEIGHTS Empty 1,230 lb (560 kg)
Max Payload 1,000 lb (455 kg)
Powerplant Allison T63-5A Turboshaft
PERFORMANCE 150 mph (240 km/h)
Hover Ceiling 7,300 ft (2,225 m) 14,100 ft (4,300 m)
Range 320 nm (595 km)
Ferry Range 1,930 nm
Endurance 1 hr 56 min
KNOWN COMBAT RECORD (US)
Vietnam War Panama - Operation Just Cause Iraq - Operation Desert Storm Somalia - Operation Continue Hope