The Absolute Guide to the MD 500 Helicopter Infographic was created using data obtained via Wikipedia’s “MD Helicopters MD 500” article and the MD Helicopters website. It showcases information on typical aircraft uses and includes vital statistics on the MD 500 helicopter. The infographic also includes general characteristics and performance outputs for MD Helicopters’ Model 500C, 500E, and 500F.
The history of the helicopter commonly referred to as the “MD 500,” dates as far back as the 1960s, when the US Army opened a competition to obtain a Light Observation Helicopter (LOH). Several companies submitted bids for this competition, including the Hughes Tool Company. Hughes won the LOH contract in 1965 based on a helicopter design that would go on to become the OH-6 Cayuse. It was during this time-frame that Hughes began developing the Hughes 500, a civilian version of the OH-6A Cayuse, which decades later would come to be known as the MD 500. The aircraft achieved first flight in February, 1963, and was introduced into service in 1967. It has remained in production since this date.
Over the years, this helicopter was produced by multiple aircraft manufacturers and in a number of variants. After the Hughes Tool Company rebranded as Hughes Helicopters, Inc. in 1981, the company was purchased by McDonnell Douglas in January, 1984. The company later merged with Boeing in August, 1997, who then sold the civilian line of helicopters to MD Helicopter Holdings Inc. in 1999. The company would go on to be purchased by Patriarch Partners, LLC, in 2005, who transformed the business into MD Helicopters, Inc. At present, the MD 500 helicopter is being manufactured by MD Helicopters, Inc. as part of their MD 500 Helicopter series. This series includes the MD 500E, MD 520N, and the MD 530F.
The MD 500 Helicopter is an exceptionally versatile and extremely robust helicopter. It is well known for its quick speed, ease of maneuverability, and ability to operate effectively in hot climates and at high altitudes. This makes it the perfect helicopter for participating in a variety of challenging missions and is the reason why the aircraft is particularly popular with law enforcement, police agencies, and the military. For these groups, the helicopter is commonly utilized for Search And Rescue (SAR), Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), reconnaissance, and attack operations. In terms of the helicopter’s civilian and para-public applications, it can be used for corporate VIP travel, medevac/air ambulance operations, and for a variety of utility/hydro focused missions.
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The MD 500 Helicopter series is an American family of light utility civilian and military helicopters that is manufactured by MD Helicopters.
The aircraft was developed from the Hughes 500, a civilian version of the US Army’s OH-6A Cayuse/Loach.
At present, the series includes the MD 500E, MD 520N, and the MD 530F.
Typical Aircraft Uses
Model 500C General Characteristics
Model 500C Performance Outputs
Model 500E General Characteristics
Model 500E Performance Outputs
Model 530F General Characteristics
Model 530F Performance Outputs
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