The UH-19B is a USAF
version of the Sikorsky S-55, an aircraft used by all U.S. military
services in the 1950s and 1960s. It was the first of the Sikorsky
helicopters with enough cabin space and lifting ability to allow
satisfactory operation in troop transport or rescue roles. The engine
is mounted in the nose, leaving the main cabin free for passengers or
cargo. The prototype was first flown in November 1949, and in 1951 the
USAF ordered production model H-19s (redesignated UH-19s in 1962).
After receiving 50 H-19As, the USAF acquired 270 H-19Bs with increased
engine power. Many were assigned to Air Rescue squadrons as SH-19s
(later redesignated HH-19s). For rescue service, a 400 lb. capacity
hoist was mounted above the door. The aircraft also could be equipped
with an external sling capable of carrying 2,000 lbs. During the Korean
War, H-19s were used extensively for rescue and medical evacuation
work. Other missions included observation and liaison. The H-19 flew
the first helicopter combat airlift missions during the Korean War
while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps as the HRS.
Rotor diameter: 53 ft.
Fuselage Length: 42 ft. 4 in.
Height: 15 ft. 4 in.
Weight: 8,400 lbs. max.
Engine: Wright R-1300-3 of 700 hp.
Serial number: 52-7587
Displayed as: 51-3893
Maximum speed: 112 mph.
Cruising speed: 92 mph.
Range: 330 miles
Service Ceiling: 15,000 ft.