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Breda Nardi NH-500MC

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5th July 2009
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Aircraft Data

The MD Helicopters MD 500 (Hughes 369) is a light utility civilian and military helicopter. McDonnell Douglas acquired Hughes Helicopters in January 1984.

The latest civil production version is the MD 500E. Military variants are marketed as the MD 500 Defender.

Summary data for MD Helicopters MD-500 -
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
United States19634000300014


1 x Rolls Royce Model 250 (317 - 450 shp) turboshaft engine.

five-bladed main rotor and the choice of a 420-shp Allison 250- C20B or 450-shp Allison 250-C20R turbine engine


MD 500 Defender: 2 external hardpoints and provision for 2 stub-wings with 2 hardpoints


Dimensions for MD Helicopters MD-500 -
Length (MD500E)
Rotor Span26 ft. 4 in. (MD500E)
Height8 ft. 4 in. (MD500E)
Empty Weight1,481 lbs. (MD500E)
Max Weight3,000 lbs. (MD500E)


Performance of MD Helicopters MD-500 -
Max Speed135 kts (MD500E)
Cruise Speed120 kts (MD500E)
Ceiling13,900 ft. (MD500E)
Normal Range250nm (MD500E)
Max Range304nm (MD500E)

Updated 12th April 2009

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