Walkaround Piasecki H-21 Flying Banana
The Piasecki H-21 Workhorse/Shawnee was designed by Piasecki Helicopter (later Boeing Vertol) end nineteen forties. Developed as a multi-mission helicopter, it could have wheels, skis, or floats. It was also called the "flying banana". It had a Wright engine and twin rotors. After its maiden flight in April 1952, the USAF ordered more than 150 helicopters. In 1962, the H-21 was redesignated the CH-21 in U.S. Army service and was used until end sixties. It was also used by other armies, like the French and also some civilian users had the type for passenger transport.
This Piasecki CH-21B Workhorse , serial 515859 was operated by the USAF, the type also being known as "workhorse". It was photographed at the USS Alabama memorial park, Mobile.
Photographed 2012 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
This HU-21B with serial 53-4326 is located at March Field Air Museum March AFB,CA. It was seized during a drug raid operation in the eighties at Riverside.
NOTE: 2 series of photos
Photographed 2013 and 2015 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
and additional photos of mostly the interior....
In 1/72 there is a Hobbycraft model and also a good Italeri model. In 1/48 Fonderie had a kit as well as Special Hobby but now Italeri has a very good 1/48 kit.
This walkaround was first created November 2011 by M. de Vreeze