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H-21 is a heavy helicopter developed by Piasecki Aircraft Corporation, created in 1946 in the United States of America. Officially called "WorkHorse", it is better known in France by its nickname "Banane volante" (flying Banana).  This helicopter, derived from the smaller and lighter HRP-2, made its first flight on April 11, 1952. It held several altitude and speed records. The H-21 was a great military success, because it was an rotorcraft with a great capacity and an undeniable reliability. Its  principal users of this machine were the United States Army, United States Navy, Germany, France (Army and Navy), Japan and Sweden.  The "Flying Banana" was used by the United States Army in Vietnam for transporting troops to combat, and by the United States Navy for Search And Rescue missions. It was armed with light machine-guns, drawing by the side doors. The French Army and the French Navy used 108 H-21s intensively in Algeria. It made assult operations possible when used in combination with  the H-34..Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP
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H-21 is a heavy helicopter developed by Piasecki Aircraft Corporation, created in 1946 in the United States of America. Officially called "WorkHorse", it is better known in France by its nickname "Banane volante" (flying Banana). This helicopter, derived from the smaller and lighter HRP-2, made its first flight on April 11, 1952. It held several altitude and speed records. The H-21 was a great military success, because it was an rotorcraft with a great capacity and an undeniable reliability. Its principal users of this machine were the United States Army, United States Navy, Germany, France (Army and Navy), Japan and Sweden. The "Flying Banana" was used by the United States Army in Vietnam for transporting troops to combat, and by the United States Navy for Search And Rescue missions. It was armed with light machine-guns, drawing by the side doors. The French Army and the French Navy used 108 H-21s intensively in Algeria. It made assult operations possible when used in combination with the H-34..Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP

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Date: 27 Aug 2002
Location: United States of America
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