The Forgotten Bell HSL: U.S. Navy's First All-Weather Anti-Submarine Warfare Helicopter

The Forgotten Bell HSL: U.S. Navy's First All-Weather Anti-Submarine Warfare Helicopter

Paperback Naval Fighters

By (author) Tommy H Thomason

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  • Publisher: Ginter Books
  • Format: Paperback | 89 pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 274mm x 13mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2006
  • ISBN 10: 0942612701
  • ISBN 13: 9780942612707
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, diagrams
  • Sales rank: 1,044,205

Product description

The Bell company won a Navy design competition in June 1950 for a helicopter specifically for anti-submarine warfare. This design, Bell Model 61, was the only Bell helicopter using the tandem-rotor layout; it was powered by a 2400 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800-50 engine and was intended to carry air-to-surface missiles such as the Fairchild Petrel, as well as dipping ASDIC. Three XHSL-1 were ordered the first of these flying on March 4, 1953, followed by a production contract for 78, including 18 destined for the Britain's Fleet Air Arm.

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