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  • Sikorsky R-4 Utility Helicopter

    The Sikorsky R-4 became the first widely-produced helicopter in aviation history, seeing 131 units in all.

     Updated: 5/11/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

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    Sikorsky R-4 Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1942
    Type: Utility Helicopter
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): Sikorsky - USA
    Production Total: 131

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 1
    Length: 33.46 feet (10.2 meters)
    Width: 37.73 feet (11.50 meters)
    Height: 12.47 feet (3.80 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 2,094 lb (950 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 2,646 lb (1,200 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x Warner R-550 piston engine developing 200 horsepower.

    Maximum Speed: 75 mph (120 kph; 65 knots)
    Service Ceiling: 7,874 feet (2,400 meters; 1.49 miles)

    Armament / Mission Payload


    Global Operators / Customers

    Canada; United Kingdom; United States

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    XR-4 - Single Prototype Model; fitted with R-500-3 series engine of 165 horsepower.

    YR-4A - Developmental model with R-550-1 engine of 180 horsepower; larger-diameter rotor for improved lift; 3 examples completed.

    YR-4B - Development model for formal US Army evaluations; 27 examples produced.

    R-4B - Production Designation of R-4 series; fitted with R-550-3 series engines of 200 horsepower; 100 examples produced.

    XR-4C - Prototype model with R-550-1 engine of 180 horsepower; revised rotor.

    HNS-1 - US Navy designation of three YR-4B and twenty-two R-4B models.

    "Hoverfly I" - British military designation of R-4 production model; 52 examples delivered.

    S-54 - R-4B test platform with observer's position added.