An alternate gross weight of 14500lb was also available. The Empty weight quoted is for the passenger carrying version.


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Piasecki Helicopter Corporation

Primary manufacturer: Piasecki Helicopter Corporation

Parent type: Piasecki H-21

Aircraft status: No longer flying


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Tandem (Fore/aft) (x2)

Crew required: 2

Crew seating: Side-by-side

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height: 4.69 m 15.4 ft
Overall Length: 26.31 m 86.3 ft
Overall Width: 13.41 m 44.0 ft
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length: 16.02 m 52.6 ft
Airframe Width: 3.97 m 13.0 ft
Airframe Height:  
Landing Gear Dimensions
Landing Gear Base: 7.51 m 24.6 ft
Landing Gear Track: 4.38 m 14.4 ft
Cabin Dimensions
Cabin Internal Height: 1.78 m 5.8 ft
Cabin Internal Length: 6.10 m 20.0 ft
Cabin Internal Width: 1.73 m 5.7 ft

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Gross Weight (ground): 6,033 kg 13,300 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 6,033 kg 13,300 lb
Empty Weight: 3,960 kg 8,730 lb
Useful Load: 2,073 kg 4,570 lb
Empty Weight Fraction: 0.656
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb: 6 m/s 1,080 fpm
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE:  
Hover Ceiling OGE:  
Max Level Flight Speed: 211 km/h 114 kts
Never Exceed Speed:  
Service Ceiling: 2,880 m 9,450 ft
Range and Endurance
Max Range: 544 km 294 nm
Max Endurance:  

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Provided powerplant data is for uninstalled, sea level, static operations.

Normal Ratings
Max continuous: 858 kW 1150 hp
Take-off / rated: 858 kW 1150 hp
OEI Ratings
OEI contingency:  
OEI continuous:  
OEI 30-second:  
OEI intermediate:  

Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

Fwd rotor rotates ant-clockwise, aft rotor rotates clockwise

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 13.41 m 44.00 ft
RPM: 255.0 rpm 255.0 rpm
Direction of Rotation: Counter-rotating
Hub Type: Fully articulated
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction: Metal with D section steel spar
Blade Chord: 0.419 m 1.38 ft
Blade Tip Geometry: Conventional
Blade Twist: -0.081 rad -4.617 deg
Number of Blades: 3
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 141.26 m² 1520.6 ft²
Disc Loading: 21.35 kg/m² 4.373 lb/ft²
Solidity: 0.0597
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Blade area per blade: 2.81 m² 30.3 ft²
Tip Speed: 179.06 m/s 587.5 fps

Primary Control Device

Data on primary control devices such as tail rotors

Tail Rotor Characteristics
Configuration: Unknown
Direction of Rotation: Unknown
Tail Rotor Blade Characteristics
Number of Blades:  
Blade Construction: N/A
Blade Chord:  
Blade Twist:  
Tail Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area:  
Tail Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Tip Speed:  
Blade Area (per blade):  

Related VFS Resources

Resources related to the H-21B Work-Horse, provided by the Vertical Flight Society.
Forum Proceedings
Vertiflite articles
Enter a search term in the box above.
Web files from
Enter a search term in the box above.
Webpages from
Enter a search term in the box above.

Related Public Resources

Resources related to the H-21B Work-Horse, provided by public sources across the internet.