The transport helicopter (a.k.a. Model PV-15) cabin can carry up to 40 passengers or three jeeps or 32 stretchers.


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Piasecki Helicopter Corporation

Primary manufacturer: Piasecki Helicopter Corporation

Parent type: Piasecki YH-16

Aircraft status: No longer flying


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

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

Crew required: 3

Crew seating: Side-by-side

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height: 7.62 m 25.0 ft
Overall Length: 40.84 m 134.0 ft
Overall Width: 24.99 m 82.0 ft
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length: 23.77 m 78.0 ft
Airframe Width:  
Airframe Height:  
Landing Gear Dimensions
Landing Gear Base:  
Landing Gear Track:  
Cabin Dimensions
Cabin Internal Height:  
Cabin Internal Length:  
Cabin Internal Width:  

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Gross Weight (ground): 20,865 kg 46,000 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 20,865 kg 45,999 lb
Empty Weight: 14,515 kg 32,000 lb
Useful Load: 6,350 kg 13,999 lb
Empty Weight Fraction: 0.696
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb:  
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE:  
Hover Ceiling OGE:  
Max Level Flight Speed: 177 km/h 96 kts
Never Exceed Speed: 198 km/h 107 kts
Service Ceiling: 5,486 m 18,000 ft
Range and Endurance
Max Range: 370 km 200 nm
Max Endurance:  

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

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

Number of engines: 2
Designation: P&W R-2180-11 reciprocating
Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
Normal Ratings
Max continuous: 1230 kW 1649 hp
Take-off / rated:  
OEI Ratings
OEI contingency:  
OEI continuous:  
OEI 30-second:  
OEI intermediate:  

Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

Longitudinal Tandem main rotors

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 24.99 m 82.00 ft
RPM: 125.0 rpm 125.0 rpm
Direction of Rotation: Counter-rotating
Hub Type: Fully articulated
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction: Aluminium alloy with honeycomb filler
Blade Chord:  
Blade Tip Geometry:
Blade Twist:  
Number of Blades: 3
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 490.62 m² 5281.2 ft²
Disc Loading: 21.26 kg/m² 4.355 lb/ft²
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Blade area per blade:  
Tip Speed: 163.58 m/s 536.7 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):  

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