USAF Piasecki H-21 Shawnee, Workhorse or the 'Flying Banana' helicopter photographic Computer wallpaper  USAF Piasecki H-21 Shawnee, Workhorse or Flying Banana helicopter photographic Computer desktop wallpaper

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USAF Piasecki H-21 Shawnee, Workhorse or Flying Banana helicopter

American Frank Piasecki was an early pioneer of the twin tandem rotor concept on helicopters. The Prototype XH-21 first flew in 1952. Between 1954 and 1959 300 Piasecki H-21C Shawnee general-purpose helicopters were delivered to the US Army. Many of them were soon to see service in Vietnam prior to being replaced by of more modern helicopters such as the Bell "Huey" UH-1 general purpose helicopter, CH-47 Chinooks (which essentially were the major replacements for the Shawnee), CH-53 Stallions and CH-54 skycranes.

The USAF Piasecki H-21B was the troop carrying version and was capable of carrying 20 troops. The Piasecki H-21A versions was a Search and rescue SAR helicopter. In the US Air Force the H-21 was known as the WorkHorse but in the Army it was called the Shawnee after their naming protocol of using North American First Nation tribal names. To the rest of the world it became known as the "Flying Banana". Because of its shape.

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