Canadian Warplanes 7: Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever helicopter

Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever

Piasecki Model PD-18, RCN HUP-3 Retriever Helicopter (3), (US Serial Nos. 51-16621 to 51-16623)

(Comox Air Force Museum Photo)

HMCS Assiniboine (DDH 234) (II), with a Piasecki HUP-3 helicopter, RCN (Serial No. 51-16622) on the rear deck,
Aug 1963.

(Comox Air Force Museum Photo)

HMCS Assiniboine (DDH 234) (II), with a Piasecki HUP-3 helicopter, RCN (Serial No. 51-16622) on the rear deck,
Aug 1963.

(Comox Air Force Museum Photo)

HMCS Assiniboine (DDH 234) (II), with a Piasecki HUP-3 helicopter, RCN (Serial No. 51-16622) on the rear deck,
Aug 1963.

(Comox Air Force Museum Photo)

Piasecki HUP-3, RCN (Serial No. 51-16622) landing on HMCS Assiniboine, Aug 1963.   This helicopter wore a number of different RCN ID numbers, including 946, 246, 406, 922 and 622.  It was later sold in the USA where it wore Reg. No. N6699D.  It was eventually donated to the International Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare, UK where it is on display there in RCN markings.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821166)

Piasecki HUP-3 helicopter, RCN (Serial No. 51-16623), painted as 247, ca 1950s.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821167)

Piasecki HUP-3 helicopter, RCN (Serial No. 51-16623), painted as 247, ca 1950s.

(RCN Photo)

Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever Helicopter (Serial No. 51-116623), hovering over HMCS Labrador in the Arctic.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3208120)

Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever Helicopter (Serial No. 51-16623), hovering over HMCS Labrador in the Arctic.  Note the white emblem on the tail.  This helicopter started life in the USAF as H-25 (Serial No. 51-16623).  When it transferred to the RCN it kept its US serial number while in RCN service. In keeping with the RCN tradition of modified side identification numbers it went to VH 21, at Shearwater, on 8 June 1954, coded as "947".  It was renumbered to "247" in June 1955.  It served with HU-21 Detachment onboard HMCS Labrador for an Arctic cruise, 28 May to 21 November 1955.  It was renumbered "923" when it was transferred to VU 33 at Patricia Bay, BC in Nov 1958.  It was later marked as "407" and "623" while still on the west coast. It eventually came to the Canadian War Museum in 1965, and later to the Canada Air and Space Museum.  It is currently on display in the CASM Ottawa.

(Author Photo)

Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever Helicopter (Serial No. 51-16623).  Canada Air and Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario.

 (Author Photo)

Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever Helicopter, painted as RCN (Serial No. 51-16621), painted as 245, Shearwater Aviation Museum, Nova Scotia.

(RCAF Photo)

Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever Helicopter (Serial No. 51-16623) in RCN service.

(Shearwater Aviation Museum Photo)

Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever Helicopter, painted as RCN (Serial No. 51-16621), painted as 245, ca 1950s.

(Shearwater Aviation Museum Photo)

Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever Helicopter, painted as RCN (Serial No. 51-16621), painted as 245, ca 1950s.