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PV-3/HRP-1 "Rescuer" Squadron Scramble from Air Station
PV-3 Development Flights
PV-2 Test Flight
Frank Piasecki Demonstrates the PV-2
Early Development of the PV-2
Piasecki H-16 (PV-15) Transporter in Flight Test
Piasecki H-21 Flight Testing
US Army H/CH-21 Shawnee in Action
USAF H/CH-21 Workhorse in Action
Piasecki HUP-1 and -2 Retriever B-roll
Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight in Action, 1960s
Boeing Vertol YHC-1B Flight Demonstration, 1961
Boeing Vertol CH-47A Chinook in Action, 1960s
Boeing Vertol YCH-1B Chinook Towing Tests, 1961
Boeing Vertol YCH-1B Taxi Tests, 1961
Boeing Vertol Model 107-II in Action, 1960s
Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight B-roll
Boeing-Vertol Factory, 1965
Hughes XV-9A "Hot Cycle"
Hughes XH-17 "Flying Crane"
PV-3 Flight Demonstrations
Before Igor Sikorsky ever built a large helicopter, Frank Nicholas Piasecki delivered his first Flying Banana to the US Navy on September 12, 1947 -when he was only twenty-seven years old. The helicopter was the Piasecki HRP-1 Rescuer. Where Sikorsky's helicopters could rescue just one man, Piasecki's could retrieve ten at one time.
Originally nicknamed "the dogship" because it was a test vehicle, the U.S. Navy designated the PV-3 the XHRP-X (Experimental Helicopter, Transport), and the official Navy prototypes were designated XHRP-1. Then the aircraft was nicknamed "flying banana," which stuck to the HRPs as well as the later H-21 series.
The XHRP-X had a lightweight, steel-tube truss frame, with a fixed tricycle landing gear. The pilot occupied the front seat of the two tandem seats for the crew. At first, the pilots were protected by a Plexiglas windscreen. Later, a fabric covering increased the forward speed and enclosed the crew. A single Continental R-975 engine, located in an aft compartment, powered the two three-bladed rotors of the helicopter.
As the first man to manufacture large helicopters, it was Frank Piasecki who showed the world what they could do. The HRP-1 made it possible to bypass traditional beach defenses. Thus was born the USMC concept of vertical envelopment, upon which the Army would later base its similar doctrine of airmobility.
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