Helicopter Specifications: MD 500 Series

Fair Lifts Specifications

Origin of the MD 500 Series

Back in the 1960s, the US Army held a competition to obtain a Light Observation Helicopter (LOH). Numerous companies submitted proposals. Among those competitors was Hughes Tool Company, and in 1965, they were awarded the contract with the OH-6. Before the OH-6 even took flight, Hughes announced the development of a civilian version.

Marketed as the Hughes or MD 500 , the aircraft is available in five and seven-seat configurations. Later, the improved Hughes 500D became the primary model in 1976. This can be attributed to the updated engine, T-tail, and five-blade main rotor. In 1984, McDonnell Douglas acquired the rights to Hughes Helicopters. After the Boeing-McDonnell Douglas merger in 1997, Boeing sold the MD helicopter lines to MD Helicopters.

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Today’s MD 500

The MD 500 series now includes the 500E, 520N, and 530F, among others. Generally, this helicopter is used for utility jobs, police work, emergency services, military operations, and helicopter charters. The MD 500 is extraordinary, robust, and versatile. Not only is it known for its quick speed, but it is also notorious for its maneuverability in hot climates and at high altitudes.

Additional Specifications:

  • Crew: One Pilot
  • Passengers: 3
  • Payload: 977 lbs
  • Service Ceiling: 13,800 ft
  • Cabin Volume: 51 cu ft
  • Max Speed: (109 mph)
  • Cruise Speed: (99 mph)
  • Range: (204 miles)
  • Rate of Climb: 1900 ft/min
  • Powerplant: 1 Rolls Royce 250-C20B

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