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 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 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, establiseh a new record of major distance in a straight line for an helicopter: 3.561 Km.

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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