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  • 1945 to 1953

    US Air Force S-51 / R-5 / H-5

    The Sikorsky H-5 was the first helicopter widely used by the Air Force, and the first to carry out combat rescues during the Korean War. Initially called the R-5, the first helicopter in this series made its maiden flight August 18, 1943. In March 1944 the US Army Air Forces ordered 26 YR-5As for service testing and in February 1945 the first of them was delivered. In 1948, when the Air Force overhauled its system for naming aircraft it replaced the R for rotorcraft category with H for helicopter. By 1952, the H-5 was being phased out of the Air Force inventory.

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    YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
    195338 RQS JP Misawa Air Base
    1952/5554 ARRSCA CFB Goose Bay
    195241st RQSHamilton AFB

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    C/NModBuiltID     In this OrgIn other Org

    51-127     48-0548: To USAF c 1950; disposed of Jun 1961
    - N9845Z: Reg N9845Z; de-reg Jun 1981.

    - 48-0548: to Pima AS Museum, AZ by May 2009
    51-183     49-1999: USAF H-5H-SI; 1960s pictured unk location; to civ; 1994 as +
    51-184     49-2000: USAF H-5H-SI

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