Produced beginning in 1958, the HH-43B (USAF designation) is a modification of the HH-43A.  A smaller turboshaft is used and installed above the fuselage, rather than an internal piston engine; as a result, the cabin capacity is upgraded from 4-5 up to ten passengers when compared to its predecessor.  The HH-43B was the first Kaman helicopter to be fitted with composite main rotor blades, instead of solid spruce like all those previous.

 Beginning in 1961, an H-43B set several records:

  • altiude record of 32,840 ft (10010 m)
  • rate-of-climb record of 3000 m in 2:42 minutes
  • rate-of-climb record of 6000 m in 6:49 minutes
  • rate-of-climb record of 9000 m in 14:12 minutes

Source: "Kaman Aerospace Corporation: Evolution of the Helicopter", R.H. Jones, Vertiflite, May/June 1984, Published by AHS International, Page 30.

and,

Source: "The American Helicopter", Hirschberg, Michael,  2000, Page 59.

Overview

Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Kaman Aircraft Corporation

Primary manufacturer: Kaman Aircraft Corporation

Parent type: Kaman K-600/H-43

Aircraft status: No longer flying

Configuration

Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift devices: 2 in Synchropter configuration

Crew required: 2 in Side-by-side arrangement

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Key Characteristics

Data on key physical features

Aircraft Details

Data on aircraft configuration, weights, flight performance and equipment

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