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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195338 RQS JP Misawa Air Base
1952/5554 ARRSCA Goose Bay
195241st RQSHamilton AFB

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