At the height of its career, the HUP was on every aircraft carrier in the American feet. The Army version H-25A carried pilot, co-pilot, three stretchers or 4 passengers and featured a 400 LB hydraulic hoist.

The HUP was also the first production helicopter to feature auto-pilot. Frank N. Piasecki worked for Kellet Autogryro until 1943 when he started his own company. Piasecki held the first helicopter pilot’s license issued in the U.S. he produced the 2nd helicopter to fly in the U.S. and the largest and first practical tandem rotor helicopter (HRP).

The HUP was active in Korea serving as transport and liaison as well as land and sea rescue.
This is one of 50 Army H-25’s, (serial # 147582-147630) that were acquired by the NAVY and became HUP-3’s (later UH-25C).

DISPLAY STATUS COUNTRY OF ORIGIN CURRENT LOCATION
Own United States Restoration
PURPOSE & TYPE MATERIALS ERA & DATE RANGE
Carrier
Helicopter
Steel Early Jets
1945 – 1975
PRODUCTION &
ACQUISITION
SPECIFICATIONS SERVICE HISTORY
MFG: Piasecki Helicopter
First Produced: 1949
Number Built: 245 total; 50 HUP-3s
Armament: None
Rotor Diameter: 35’
Length: 31’10”
Height: 12’6”
Empty Weight: 4,132 lbs
Gross Weight: 5,750 lbs
Powerplant: Continental R-975-46
Thrust:
Cruise Speed: 92 mph
Maximum Speed: 115 mph
Range: 357 miles
Delivered: Dec 4, 1949

1958 – June 1960 – NAS Norfolk, VA,
1960 – Norton, Dallas, TX San Diego, CA
1961 – Ream Field, Ticonderoga, Cubi Point, Philippines, Atsugi, Japan, St Paul
1962 – Ream Field, Atsugi, Japan and re-designated UH-25C
1963 – Kitty Hawk, Ream Field and storage at Litchfield Park, AZ
Stricken: 1968