Flying the Sikorsky H-19 Chicasaw Helicopter

(Restored -1956)

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The Sikorsky H-19 and its subsequent variants were workhorse utility helicopters for all branches of the U.S. military and many allied forces in the 1950s & 60s, playing prominent roles in conflicts from Korea through the Vietnam War and in many civilian rescue operations. It was also built under license in Britain as the Westland Whirlwind, by Mitsubihi in Japan and by the SNCASE in France. Originally developed by Sikorsky in 1949, it's innovative design placed the engine below and up front of the pilot in the nose. This freed up a large cargo cabin space and allowed easy access for engine maintenance or replacement. Locating the engine forward allowed the main cabin to be located in line with the main rotor's rotational axis and close to the aircraft center of gravity, making it easier to maintain weight and balance under differing load conditions. This film, featuring the H-19D was produced by the U.S. Army at the Aviation Center at Fort Rucker Alabama, and was designed to help pilots transition from the light weight H-13 recon helicopter, which was often used in training. The film covers eight steps: Pre-flight Inspection, Cockpit Procedures, Taxiing, Hovering, Takeoff, Auto-rotation, Approach and Engine Shutdown. The film offers very detailed views of this classic "Chopper," inside and out.
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