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.

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.

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.

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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.

22 July 2014. Night refuelling of a French Armée de Terre Puma of Army Light Aviation unit, involved in Operation Sangaris, in Central African Republic. The flash is not lightning but lens flare from a work lamp.

22 July 2014. Night refuelling of a French Armée de Terre Puma of Army Light Aviation unit, involved in Operation Sangaris, in Central African Republic. The flash is not lightning but lens flare from a work lamp.

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.

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.

August 29 to September 8,triparte force Barkhane made a large scale armoured reconnaissance in the Tigharghar region of Mali, by land and air.Around 400 troops and 90 vehicles deployed by ground and heliported to deprive terrorists of freedom of movement.Pictured Armée de Terre Tigre attack helicopters, and in background, Pumas, Super Pumas, and Gazelles, of Army Light Aviation.

August 29 to September 8,triparte force Barkhane made a large scale armoured reconnaissance in the Tigharghar region of Mali, by land and air.Around 400 troops and 90 vehicles deployed by ground and heliported to deprive terrorists of freedom of movement.Pictured Armée de Terre Tigre attack helicopters, and in background, Pumas, Super Pumas, and Gazelles, of Army Light Aviation.

Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave

Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave

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

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

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

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

US Army Boeing AH-64 Apache attack/support helicopter.

US Army Boeing AH-64 Apache attack/support helicopter.

Vertol (VFW) H-21C Shawnee

Vertol (VFW) H-21C Shawnee

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