RAF Vought-Sikorsky R-4 Hoverfly Mk.1 Helicopter - photographic Computer Wallpaper

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Vought-Sikorsky R-4 Hoverfly Mk.1 Helicopters

The Sikorsky R-4 was called the 'Hoverfly I' by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and was the first type of helicopter to enter service with the British Military. 52 R-4s were operated by the British. The Sikorsky R4 pioneered nearly every role of rotery winged helicoter flying and paved the way for all other helicopters that went after it. Whilst underpowered it could do all the basic tasks of modern helicopters. Vought-Sikorsky division of United Aircraft were awarded the contract to develop a two-seat version helicopter based on their working prototype in the spring of 1941. It was designated the XR-4. It first flew in January 1942. The Sikorsky R-4 Helicopter was the first helicopter to land aboard a ship and the first helicopter to effect a rescue when on 23rd April 1944 in Burma it evacuated 4 persons from a crashed aircraft in Japanese territory. The U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard operated Twenty-five R-4s, under the designation HNS-1. It was the first helicopter produced for the U.S. Army and more than 400 were produced by the end of WWII. It saw service in the India - Burma - China theatre of war against the Japanese.

Helicopters - Military Airforce Aircraft Airshow 

There are many International Air Tattoos and air shows like the one at Fairford Air Base, Duxford, Farnborough, Biggin Hill, Cosford, Eastbourne AirShow, Abingdon UK air show, Boscombe Down UK air shows, Greenham Common, Mildenhall air fete where you can have fun with all the family looking at static aviation displays as well as the acrobatics in the air. You can see many of these planes, Supermarine spitfire, tornado, battle of Britain fighters, warbirds, vulcan,, Lancaster, lightning, mosquito, Eurofighter, VC10, DC10 Shackleton, jaguar, typhoon, sabre, super sabre, delta dart, talon, phantom, falcon, thunderbirds, eagle. Learjet, lockheed, Douglas, McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle, McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II USMC, Vought F4U-5NL Nite-Corsair, McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk USMC, Lockheed HC-130H Hercules, Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Curtiss P-40E Warhawk. North American P-51D Mustang, Republic P-47B/D Thunderbolt Razorback, Bell P-39D Airacobra , Northrop P-61B Black widow, Martin B-26B/C Marauder, North American B-25B/C Mitchell, B-24J Liberator, Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Zero, Hawker Hurricane, Junkers Ju 52, Messerschmitt Me 110C, Messerschmitt Bf 109E, Focke Wulf Fw 190A, Panavia Tornado RAF, Grumman A-6A Intruder, Grumman F-14A Tomcat, Douglas F-18A Hornet USN, Lockheed S-3B Viking, Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, Lockheed C-130H Hercules, Lockheed C-5A/B Galaxy to name but a few

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