Piasecki H-21 / CH 21C Workhorse

Piasecki Helicopter Corp Morton, PA, First Flight 1952, Twenty-two seats

Additional Information from Apostolo

Piasecki H‑21 Workhorse

Acquisition Source: Government Surplus

From the all‑metal PV‑17 built in 1948, the following year Piasecki derived the HRP‑2 (Rescuer) and an improved version of the Rescuer, the H‑21 Workhorse. The USAF ac­quired 214 of the latter, and 334 of a similar model, the H‑21 Shawnee, were built for the U.S. Army. The B and C variants of the H‑21 were used in Vietnam, equipped with 12.7 or 7.62 mm light machine guns that were fired through the cabin doors.

The H‑21 used the classic single engine formula with tandem three‑blade rotors. While the Navy's helicopters had a 600 hp Pratt & Whitney R‑1340 engine, those for the Army had a Wright R‑1820.

Thirty‑three of the H‑21A were assigned to SAR units in the Arctic and another five were sent to Canada. Foreign operators of the H‑21 included the German Army (26), French Army (98), French Navy (10), Japanese armed forces (10) and Swedish Navy (11).

Aircraft Specifications

Rotor Diameter: 
44 ft. 3 in.
Fuselage Length: 
85 ft. 11 in.
Maximum Speed: 
131 mph
Cruise Speed: 
100 mph
15 ft. 5 in.
Empty Weight: 
8,007 lbs.
Gross Weight: 
15,013 lbs.
1,159 hp Wright R 1820-103