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Posted 4/21/2014 Printable Fact Sheet
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Sikorsky UH-19B
DAYTON, Ohio -- Sikorsky UH-19B Chickasaw at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The UH-19B is a U.S. Air Force version of the Sikorsky S-55, an aircraft used by all U.S. military services in the 1950s and 1960s. After the first helicopter flew in November 1949, the USAF ordered production 50 H-19As in 1951. The USAF later acquired 270 H-19Bs with increased engine power, and in 1962 designated it the UH-19.

Many H-19s were assigned to Air Rescue squadrons as SH-19s (later redesignated HH-19s). For rescue service, the SH-19 carried a 400-pound capacity hoist was mounted above the door, and it also could carry an external sling capable of holding 2,000 pounds. During the Korean War, SH-19s became the primary USAF rescue and medical evacuation helicopter.

The UH-19B on display is painted and marked as an H-19A known as Hopalong, one of two H-19s to make the first transatlantic helicopter flight, traveling druign the summer of 1952 from Westover Air Force Base, Mass., to Scotland in five stages.

Wright R-1300 of 700 hp 
Maximum speed: 112 mph
Range: 330 miles
Rotor diameter: 53 ft.
Fuselage length: 42 ft. 4 in.
Height: 15 ft. 4 in.
Weight: 8,400 lbs. maximum 
Serial number: 52-7587

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