Hughes 369 / 500 / H-6



Hughes 369 / 500 / H-6

The Hughes OH-6 was originally designed to meet the needs of the US Army's Light Observation Helicopter (LOH) competition, but it gave rise to a large family of commercial, corporate, and private helicopters. Light, nimble, and easily maintained, the MD500, as it became most known, is designed to carry four or more passengers in a small but comfortable cabin.

Many different versions have been built for both the military (Series 369) and civil markets (Series 500) for a variety of missions and requirements. Was built under license in Argentina by RACA, in Japan by Kawasaki, in South Korea by Korean Air and in Italy by Breda Nardi.

In 1966, it established a new record of major distance in a straight line for an helicopter: 3561 Km / 2212 m.

Produced by McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems from 1984, and MD Helicopters from 1999

Model News

Columbus Police Upgrades to MD530F, 27-Apr-17 : Ohio’s Columbus Police to upgrade its 2 remaining MD500E helicopters. MD Helicotpers (MDHI) E-to-F model conversion program will deliver FAA-certified MD530F model helicopters in less than 12-weeks

Converted MD530F for the Gwinnett County Police, 30-Sep-15 : MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) delivered a MD500E, the first of two helicopters, converted to a newly certified, zero-time MD530F model to the Gwinnett County Police Department in Georgia.

Columbus Police Received Converted MD530F, 14-Sep-15 : Two 2007 MD500E Columbus Police Department helicopters return to service as new, factory-built, FAA-certified MD530F models.

Columbus Police Converts MD500E to MD530F, 13-Jun-15 : The Columbus Police Department will upgrade four of its MD500E helicopters to new MD530Fs through an FAA-approved factory recertification program at MD Helicopters production facility in Mesa, Arizona

50 years of the OH-6, 19-Jul-13 : MD Helicopters Inc., a Lynn Tilton company and leading producer of commercial, air-rescue, military and law enforcement helicopters, paid tribute to the 50-year first flight milestone of the iconic OH-6 helicopter.


OH-6A Cayuse 1963
369A 1965
KHI 369HS 1965
369HE 1969
369HM 1969
369HS 1969
369C / 500C 1970
Breda Nardi NH500 1970
369D / 500D 1975 369 military and 500 civilian variants. 500MD Defender variant was equipped with TOW missiles
369E / 500E 1982 Pointed nose and various interior improvements. Built by Hughes between 1982-1984. Then as McDonnell Douglas MD500E. 369 Military and 500E civ ...
Mc.D.D md500 1984

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