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Sikorsky S-51 helicopter

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Picture S-51
General
Manufacturer Sikorsky
Type S-51
Introduced 2/1/1945
In production? No
Units produced 300
Price US $ 92,000.00
Dimensions
Overall Length 44.9 ft
Length 40.8 ft
Height 12.8 ft
Width 0 ft
   
   
Description

The Sikorsky S-51 (aka: H-5,R-5, HO3S-1, VS-327) was a general purpose commercial helicopter manufactured by the Sikorsky helicopter company and designed by Igor Sikorsky.

In most ways the design and development of the R-5 (a S-51 military prototype) was guided by the desire to improve on the first mass-production helicopter, the Sikorsky R-4. The R-4 smashed all helicopter records, but was still severely limited in terms of useful load capacity, speed, endurance and service ceiling compared to what the air force needed.

Compared to the R-4 the R-5 had a longer fuselage, larger rotor diameter, tandem pilot seating and a more powerful engine. The R-5 first took flight in 1944.

The SR-51 variant had an even greater rotor diameter and better carrying capacity than previous models. It first took flight in 1946, the year following official production for this helicopter family.

The S-51 has four seats for a pilot and three passengers. Its fuselage consists of three main sections that are bolted together. Passengers and crew access the cabin through separate sliding doors.

Hydraulic controls were not included initially for the S-51, but later became a standard feature. Greatly improving the pilot’s experience.

The S-51 is powered by a single nine cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-984-B4 Wasp Junior engine with 450 kilowatts of power. Both the main- and tail- rotors of the S-51 are made of laminated wood.

Surprisingly for such an early helicopter there were a number of optional equipment choices. These included first aid kits, heaters and fans, landing lights, crop spraying kits, litters for two medical casualties, a hoist kit, a hook for underslung loads and mail bag transportation equipment.

Indeed, the S-51 was the helicopter that proved the feasibility of rotorcraft as an airmail delivery platform. The S-51 delivered airmail until 1955 when it was replaced by the S-55.

More than 300 R-5/S-51 series helicopters were built during production from 1944-1951.

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Design features
  • Non-retractable tricycle landing gear
  • Monocoque cabin and tail boom construction
  • Center section with welded steel tubes
  • Plexiglas windows with excellent view
  • Rotor blades constructed with steel, laminated spruce plywood, covered with doped fabric
Description

The Sikorsky S-51 (aka: H-5,R-5, HO3S-1, VS-327) was a general purpose commercial helicopter manufactured by the Sikorsky helicopter company and designed by Igor Sikorsky.

In most ways the design and development of the R-5 (a S-51 military prototype) was guided by the desire to improve on the first mass-production helicopter, the Sikorsky R-4. The R-4 smashed all helicopter records, but was still severely limited in terms of useful load capacity, speed, endurance and service ceiling compared to what the air force needed.

Compared to the R-4 the R-5 had a longer fuselage, larger rotor diameter, tandem pilot seating and a more powerful engine. The R-5 first took flight in 1944.

The SR-51 variant had an even greater rotor diameter and better carrying capacity than previous models. It first took flight in 1946, the year following official production for this helicopter family.

The S-51 has four seats for a pilot and three passengers. Its fuselage consists of three main sections that are bolted together. Passengers and crew access the cabin through separate sliding doors.

Hydraulic controls were not included initially for the S-51, but later became a standard feature. Greatly improving the pilot’s experience.

The S-51 is powered by a single nine cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-984-B4 Wasp Junior engine with 450 kilowatts of power. Both the main- and tail- rotors of the S-51 are made of laminated wood.

Surprisingly for such an early helicopter there were a number of optional equipment choices. These included first aid kits, heaters and fans, landing lights, crop spraying kits, litters for two medical casualties, a hoist kit, a hook for underslung loads and mail bag transportation equipment.

Indeed, the S-51 was the helicopter that proved the feasibility of rotorcraft as an airmail delivery platform. The S-51 delivered airmail until 1955 when it was replaced by the S-55.

More than 300 R-5/S-51 series helicopters were built during production from 1944-1951.

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Design features:
  • Non-retractable tricycle landing gear
  • Monocoque cabin and tail boom construction
  • Center section with welded steel tubes
  • Plexiglas windows with excellent view
  • Rotor blades constructed with steel, laminated spruce plywood, covered with doped fabric
Performance
Persons 4
Max. Range 280 mi
Cruise Speed 70 mph
Max. Speed 90 mph
Max. rate of Climb 866 ft/min
HOGE ceiling 0 ft
Service Ceiling 10000 ft
Gross Weight 4989 lb
Empty Weigt 3792 lb
Useful Load 1197 lb
Dynamic system
Fuel Capacity 100 gallons
Number of Engines 1
Engine Type Piston
Engine Code Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-5
Horse Power 450
Rotorhead Fully articulated
Number of rotorblades 3
Rotor Diameter 49 ft
Number of tail rotorblades 3
Tailrotor Diameter 8.2 ft
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