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The Flying Banana walkaround — 1 of 2

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at American Helicopter Museum with Sikorsky Sea King for size comparison - Joseph May.Paisecki CH-21 Shawnee, with Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw, led the way in US Army Aviation to modern helicopter tactics regarding envelopment from above as well as gunships.Shawnee was latest in tandem twin rotor design by Piasecki which would be absorbed by Boeing into Boeing Vertol – evolution leading to the CH-43 Sea Knight and CH-47 Chinook.

Vertol (VFW) H-21C Shawnee

Piasecki Vertol H-21 C "Banane" ("Banana")

The Flying Banana walkaround — 1 of 2

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum, showing its nickname of Flying Banana — Joseph May. Paisecki CH-21 Shawnee, with Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw, led the way in US Army Aviation to modern helicopter tactics regarding envelopment from above as well as gunships.Shawnee was latest in tandem twin rotor design by Piasecki which would be absorbed by Boeing into Boeing Vertol – evolution leading to the CH-43 Sea Knight and CH-47 Chinook.

21 June 2014 from the 172 Air Base "Sergeant Kossei" in N'Djamena, helicopters 1/67 "Pyrénées" , recently deployed, made ​​their first flight on the Chadian theatre. This was a Puma reconnaissance and familiarisation flight, and practice dealing with reduced visibility with the local dust and sand.

CH-53E Super Stallion

Hélicoptère Piasecki Vertol H21 Banane volante

October 24, 1919: Frank Piasecki is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Piasecki becomes the second man in the United States to fly a helicopter in 1943. Piasecki's company develops many of the world's most successful tandem rotor helicopters including the H-21 Shawnee, CH-46 Sea Knight and CH-47 Chinook.

Armée de l'Air Fennec & Armée de Terre Gazelles.

U.S. Army CH-47A Chinook helicopter circa 1961.