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 configuration: Synchropter (x2)

Crew required: 2

Crew seating: Side-by-side

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Overall Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Length: 14.33 m (47.0 ft)

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Total number of engines: 1

Engine designation: Lycoming T53-L-1B turbine

Engine manufacturer: Lycoming Engines

Take-off / rated power: 642 kW (860 hp)

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Gross Weight (ground): 4150 kg (9150 lb)

Max Range: 338 km (182 nm)

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