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Earl Johnson, e-mail, 12.04.2023 23:14

I was in the 6th Helicopter co in Chunchon Korea Feb 1954 t0 December, then Matsushima Japan. Left Japan August 1957. We Had 21 H-19s, a Bell H-13 and an L-19, Very cold time, very few spares, lots of hanger queens!


JAMES Reali, e-mail, 08.06.2021 01:21

I am looking for a S-55-B, I owned one in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
My aircraft was purchased in California and ferried back to Alabama.
It was licensed Part 133, 135,137.

I am looking for one on Standard category.
It saves a lot of time dealing with the FAA.
I can bring up to speed don't want a junker, plenty of those around.
Any help would be appreciated. JR


Louis Gentile, e-mail, 10.06.2015 13:57

Love the plastic models. Used to watch the real things fly back in the 50s from Bridgeport CT. Sikorsky Aircraft. S-55s were underpowered but still quite an aviation accomplishment for1949. The S-58s were produced several years later and had more power.


Joerg Mueckler, e-mail, 17.03.2015 12:26

Hello, is anybody out there who can help me with a printable photo of an U.S. army marked H-19 during its stay in Germany? I need it urgently to conclude an article about the incident on June 7, 1958, when Chickasaw 64250 came down in Eastern Germany accidently.


Reed Carr, e-mail, 21.01.2015 04:37

I flew the HO4S/HRS while in VRF-32, 1960 & 61. Ferried one between San Diego & Whidbey Island, & returned with another to overhaul in SAN. Flew them again at Search & Rescue at Sherman Field, NAS Pensacola (1963 & 64). Helped rescue 10 people off a floundering fishing vessel of Pensacola Beach. Had a Coast Guard Commander (CDR Al Pearce) as my co-pilot, though he had initially determined to be in command, he sent me out to start the engine and when he came out, decided it was too much trouble to change seats. Later said it was the most difficult rescue he'd ever been involved in. It was the proverbial "dark & stormy night."


bob, e-mail, 03.01.2015 22:03

I currently work for a company called whisper jet and we own almost all the parts for these as well as six full helicopters, three of which are currently airworthy. The power plant in them has been replaced, they run with jet engines.


Loyal Severson, e-mail, 10.11.2014 20:06

I was metal smith 6441 at LTA Tustin 1954-57we had hrs2 and 3. 3 squadrons in hanger 2 , we did maneuvers off coast of Pendleton on carrier Thetis Bay ,unloaded 600 Marines in 2 hours called vertical envelopment .


Bob Curtis, e-mail, 23.02.2014 22:36

would really like to find a H19 basket/case project to do someday


rob, e-mail, 06.07.2013 00:20

I have the fuselage one of these aircraft at my ranch in Wittmann Arizona. I wanted to know if anyone was interested in purchasing it. It's a fairly complete fuselage with no section main body and tail section. It was part of Grand Canyon sightseeing tour fleet. n17754


Louis Gentile, e-mail, 06.01.2013 07:13

For the time, it was great. Lived 2 miles from Sikorsky Aircraft in Bridgeport and watched the S-55s from our house on approach after test-flights.


Richard F Martz, e-mail, 27.11.2012 21:07

I flew the H-19 at Fort Rucker, AL in advanced flight training class 64-6W. It was under powered which made it a good trainer.


A.J. CARIAGA JR., e-mail, 24.02.2012 23:12

I WANT ONE! Any for sale out there.I'd redesign it for a bigger 18cyl or such!
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Brad Hodges, e-mail, 08.02.2012 05:28

I've found a skelton of two h-19 out in a field. How can I find the value of these and are they werth restoring? Can we find most parts?


John J. Kaye, e-mail, 24.11.2011 04:39

I worked on the HO4S-3G's when I was in the Coast Gurad stationed at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn,N.Y. back in 1961-63. I also was a qualified Aircrewman/hoist operator mechanic when on SAR flights. It was a very loud "bird" that served our purposes very well. It was easy to work on and maintain. I do agree that it could have used more horse power for some of the conditions we were operating under. getting down from the left seat into the cabin was a bit tricky to say the least. All in all I enjoyed my time flying in and working on it.


Everett A Smith, e-mail, 06.03.2011 20:39

Was qualified in H-19d with !st CAV in Japan in1957. Flew it to Korea in Jan 1958 as part of the 4th Missle Command. I feel it played an important role in Helicopter development but was underpowered. Also flrw it in Libya in the early 60s with 64th Engr Bn (topo). Desert temps made it a challenge.


bob stacey, e-mail, 31.12.2010 00:48

i worked at medical 1961-1962/"the HORSE"ho4s,were used the most.


loyal, e-mail, 10.11.2010 17:31

I thought the hrs 1 had 9 cylinders with 7oo H.P. and the hrs 2&3 had 7 cylinders and 900 h.p. I was a metal smith in Mag 36 362 1954 -1957. Mos 6441


William Fury, e-mail, 06.11.2010 04:40

Was at the incepeption of the HRS/HO4S Training Program at HTU-1/HTG Ellyson Fld ,P Cola ,Fl Just came from the Fleet ,HS-4/HS-8 flying the HSS-1s , Was a AD2 in the HRS/HO4S Division .Picked up and Ferryed about 19 0f them from LakeHurst, San Diego,Huchison, Litchfld Park and other stations ,Went on a 11 A/C Round Robin Navigation Fight to Montgomry Al ,On the way back ,Hit fog, Landed at Hattisburg,Miss .couldnt get out for 6 days, Fog on the Ground! Only Mech ,Had a AT1 with me ,22 Naval Pilots .11 were Students.Had a Ball! The 19 was a great Flying A/C ,We called it the Cadilac of Helos .Lost a Jug at Keesler AFB . Had to Drop the Engine ,replace it, In front of a bunch of Gapping Air Force Guys . They coundnt believe ,the Navy Mechs did it All ( Myself and a Student pilot) Had a lot of Fun Flying with the Students ,doing Full Autos . a great Time at P Cola Note: If the Droop stops Didnt go in, You lost a tail Boom !


Marino L. DiLeo, e-mail, 21.01.2010 20:18

I Flew as Aircrewman from HU-2 & Plane Captain ADR2. 1955-57. Also a HUP "Retriver which both on Display at the
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T.Boelman, e-mail, 04.11.2009 13:24

I am trying to complete the construction/serial list
perhaps you can help me??

Greetings
T. Boelman
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kiran, e-mail, 20.04.2009 17:37

will u send me model sketch of your project let me know something about your project please


THOMAS HENRI, e-mail, 14.04.2009 22:11

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Gary Corippo, e-mail, 25.01.2008 02:15

Tell Harry that I am interested in his Torpedo Launcher for our Museum


bunniemccosar, e-mail, 13.01.2008 03:12

I worked on these at LTA 1960--61, Santa Ana, Ca. USMC: did the HRS-3 have a chain drive tail rotor gear box ?


Harry, e-mail, 23.08.2007 20:15

I have a Torpedo Launcher for the HO4S-3, stilll in the crate will all hardware. I saved it from the trash. The Service Information Circular #1475-514 is dated October 6, 1954. Do you know of any museum or aircraft owner that would like this for their display?


AJ CARIAGA, e-mail, 24.05.2007 02:24

why weren't larger more powerful radials used? fire fighter adaptations,water carriers?


Jerry Wilson, e-mail, 14.05.2007 22:39

Flew UH-19 C, and D models during US Army flight training in 1965. Big, ugly, loud, slow, and underpowered, but an unforgettable experience.




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