Piasecki’s “Flying Banana”
The Piasecki H-21 Workhorse / Shawnee / Flying Banana was the US Army’s first principal helicopter in Vietnam. Deployed to Vietnam as early as December 1961, the US Army’s 8th. and 57th. Transportation Companies utilised the H-21 to haul ARVN soldiers into combat against the VC. Some H-21’s were also used in the gunship role.
The H-21 was a twin rotor design built around ONE 1425-hp Wright R-1820-103 radial piston engine. Max speed was 211 km/h. Climb rate was 329 m/min.
This is Italeri’s 1/72 scale H-21 from the 57th. Transportation Company. The model was built OOB and only cables/wires hanging below the fuselage were added. Weathering was kept at a minimum. Humbrol enamels were used to give this old bird some colour.
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