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This Day in Aviation History
April 11th, 1952
First flight of the Piasecki H-21 Workhorse / Shawnee.
 
The Piasecki H-21 Workhorse/Shawnee is an American helicopter, the fourth of a line of tandem rotor helicopters designed and built by Piasecki Helicopter (later Boeing Vertol). Commonly called the "flying banana", it was a multi-mission helicopter, utilizing wheels, skis, or floats.
 
The H-21 was originally developed by Piasecki as an Arctic rescue helicopter. The H-21 had winterization features permitting operation at temperatures as low as −65 °F (−54 °C), and could be routinely maintained in severe cold weather environments....
 
Source:
Wikipedia, Piasecki H-21: http://gstv.us/1CC6GV1
 
YouTube, H-21 Helicopter 1996: http://gstv.us/1yedht9
 
YouTube, Piasecki H-21: Airborne Soldier ~1962 US Army "The Big Picture"; Paratroops & Heliborne Infantry: http://gstv.us/1VKASdP
 
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