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The Flying Banana walkaround — 1 of 2

24 August 2015

39° 59′ 32″ N / 75° 34′ 46″ W

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum with a Sikorsky Sea King for size comparison — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

The Paisecki CH-21 Shawnee, with the Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw, led the way in U.S. Army Aviation to modern helicopter tactics regarding envelopment from above as well as gunships. The Shawnee was the latest in tandem twin rotor design by Piasecki which — would be absorbed by Boeing into Boeing Vertol – the evolution leading to the CH-43 Sea Knight and CH-47 Chinook.

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum showing its nickname of Flying Banana — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum (note the hole in each fuselage side is for engine access, rear drive shaft access and engine cooling — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum view down the left fuselage side — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum looking up the left fuselage side — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

The “Flying Banana” was powered by a single radial recprocating Wright R-1820 engine of 1425 hp, located aft of the main landing gear. Designed for arctic environments Shawnees suffered in the humid heat of Vietnam but could be relied upon to lift 20 troops or sling cargo until Hueys and Chinooks arrived in theater.

This helicopter is displayed on the grounds of the American Helicopter Museum and the next post completes this walkaround 🙂

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Bruce Kay permalink
    24 August 2015 05:54

    Joe:
    Thanks for the Helicopter info. What is the white copter with red and blue stripes in front right of the CG Sikorsky?
    Bruce

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      24 August 2015 07:06

      A sharp eye Bruce. That is the rare Boeing 360 which was a technology demonstrator that came after the Chinook. Much of the technology in the Osprey was tested on the 360. I scheduled a walkaround of it next week, I think.

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