HH-43B Huskie

Serial Number: 62-4532

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


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.

  • Manufacturer: Kaman Aircraft
  • First Flight: 1947
  • Retired: Early 1970s
  • Crew: Two pilots, two rescue crew
  • Payload: -
  • Length: 25 ft
  • Wingspan: 47 ft (rotor diameter)
  • Height: 17 ft 2 in
  • Empty Weight: 4,442 lbs
  • Loaded Weight: 9,150 lbs
  • Powerplant: 1x Lycoming T53 turboshaft
  • 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


  • Jack Gilbert

    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

    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.

  • Howard Hicks

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

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