HH-43B Huskie

A single HH-43 was assigned to Dover from 1959 to 1962.

Mission

The “Huskie” was used primarily for crash rescue and aircraft fire-fighting. It was in use with the U.S. Navy when delivery of the H-43As to the USAF Tactical Air Command began in November 1958. Delivery of the -B series began in June 1959. In mid-1962, the USAF changed the H-43 designation to HH-43 to reflect the aircraft’s rescue role. The final USAF version was the HH-43F with engine modifications for improved performance. Some -Fs were used in Southeast Asia as “aerial fire trucks” and for rescuing downed airmen in North and South Vietnam. Huskies were also flown by other nations including Iran, Colombia and Morocco. The H-43 Huskie set an altitude record of 10.000 m and numerous rate of climb records. During the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Huskie flew more rescue missions than all other aircraft combined – with the best safety record of any U.S. military aircraft.

Unique aspects of the HH-43 are its wood constructed rotors. By warping the blades causes the aircraft to climb or descend. Operation of large tabs on the trailing edge of each blade causes the warping.

Gallery

Serial Number: 62-4532
Manufacturer:
Kaman Aircraft
First Flight:
1947
Retired:
Early 1970s
Specifications
Crew: Two pilots, two rescue crew
Payload: -
Powerplant: 1x Lycoming T53 turboshaft
Length:
25 ft
Wingspan:
47 ft (rotor diameter)
Height:
17 ft 2 in
Empty Weight:
4,442 lbs
Loaded Weight:
9,150 lbs
Maximum Speed:
120 mph
Cruise Speed:
105 mph
Range: 185 mph
Service Ceiling: 25,000 ft
AMC Museum Restoration Crew Chief: Don Hall

Assignment History

The assignment history for the Air Mobility Command Museum's HH-43B Huskie, serial number 62-4532:

Date Location
2 Oct 1964 to 58th Air Rescue Squadron (Military Air Transport Command), Wheelus AB, Libya
8 July 1969 to Warner Robins Air Material Area (AF Logistics Command), Wheelus AB, Libya, for work
11 July 1969 to 58th Air Rescue Squadron (Military Air Transport Command), Wheelus AB, Libya
21 Jan 1970 to 3750th Maintenance and Supply Group (Air Training Command), Sheppard AFB, TX
3 May 1971 - 20 Dec 1971 to 1550th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Training Wing (MATS), Hill AFB, UT
1 Apr 1973 Dropped from the USAF inventory, Hill AFB, UT
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OH WHAT A DAY THAT WAS 1965 OR EARLY 66 IN THE HILLS OF PLE KU I SEEN ONE IT CAME UP FROM A LOWER VALLEY OR FLAT LAND AND SURPRISED ME AS I WAS GOING AROUND A BIG TURN GOING TO ANKA THEN QUI NHON IT WAS SO QUIET ..IT SEEMS THE PIPE WAS VERY MUCH BIGGER AND SHORTER …I WAS WITH THE 542 MEDICAL CLEARING COMPANY…GOING TO THE DEPOT IN QUI NHON FOR MEDICAL SUPPLIES FOR THE SURGICAL HOSPITAL WE WERE ATTACHED TO. THAT EVENT HAS STAYED WITH ME …18TH MASH I THINK BUY THE AIRFIELD IN PLE KU …

I was a volunteer at the Travis Museum when this bird was on display there, before being moved to Dover.

Crewed 43’s at Craig AFB Selma Al. in late 71′ until close of Det. 11 44th ARRS. Still see guys from that Det.

Ronald Burke- I was an airborne firefighter on an HH43 in Thule, Greenland from February 1964 to February 1965. Capt James Black was commander of the unit while I was there.

I have been trying to do research on the Airborne Firefighters of Vietnam for about a year now. I have slowly discovered a small amount of research that I am trying to turn into a website. I would be very interested in getting some info from you if you didn’t mind?

my father was a crew chief on a hh 43 huskie in vietnam , he did 2 tours between 1968 & 1971