The H-5, originally
designated the R-5 (H for Helicopter; R for Rotorcraft), was designed
to provide a helicopter having greater useful load, endurance, speed,
and service ceiling than the R-4. The first XR-5 of four ordered made
its initial flight on August 18, 1943. In March 1944, the AAF ordered
26 YR-5As for service testing, and in February 1945, the first YR-5A
During its service
life, the H-5 was used for rescue and mercy missions throughout the
world. It gained its greatest fame, however, during the Korean War when
it was called upon repeatedly to rescue United Nations' pilots shot
down behind enemy lines and to evacuate wounded personnel from
More than 300 H-5s had
been built by the time production was halted in 1951.
Main rotor diameter: 48 ft.
Tail rotor diameter: 8 ft. 5 in.
Fuselage Length: 41 ft. 2 in.
Height: 12 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 4,815 lbs. loaded
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-985 of 450 hp.
Serial Number: 43-46620
Maximum speed: 90 mph.
Cruising speed: 70 mph.
Range: 280 miles
Service Ceiling: 10,000 ft.