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Hughes 269/200/300/TH-55 Osage

The two-seat Model 269 first flew in 1956 with five pre-production examples going to the U.S. Army as the YHO-2.  Eventually the Army purchased almost 800 269s designated the TH-55 Osage for use as helicopter trainers.  Civil production began in 1961.

The designation of this helicopter was later changed to the Model 200 for the two-seat version and the Model 300 for the three-seat version.  The rights to this family of helicopters was sold to Schweizer Aircraft in 1983.  Over 3,000 were built.

Specifications (300C)





Type: Light Helicopter
Engines: one 190 hp (142 kW) Avco Lycoming HIO-360-D1A piston engine
Model 269: Initial model number
Model 200: Re-designated two-seat version
Model 300: Three seat version
YHO-2: U.S. Army observation version (test)
TH-55: U.S. Army training version (named Osage)

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