MD Helicopters MD 500 Profile

MD Helicopters MD 500 profile is developed by the Hughes 500.The MD Helicopters MD 500 is an American family of military helicopters and light utility civilian.

Role : Light utility helicopter, Military
Manufacturer : Hughes Helicopters, McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems, MD Helicopters, Inc.
Number built : 4700
Developed from : OH-6 Cayuse
Variants : MD 500 Defender, MD Helicopters MD 600

The successful Hughes 500/MD 500 series began life in response to a US Army requirement for a light observation helicopter. Hughes announced it was developing a civil version, to be marketed as the Hughes 500, available in basic five and seven seat configurations. A utility version with a more powerful engine was offered as the 500U.

in 1976 Hughes 500D became the primary model with a more powerful engine, new five-blade main rotor and a T-tail(four-blade tail rotor was optional). Military variants are marketed under the MD 500 Defender name.

MD Helicopters MD 500 Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1-2
  • Capacity: 5 total
  • Length: 30 ft 10 in (9.4 m)
  • Rotor diameter: 26 ft 4 in (8.03 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 2 in (2.48 m)
  • Empty weight: 1,088 lb (493 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 2,250 lb (1,157 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1× Allison 250-C20 Turboshaft, 278 hp (207 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 152 knots (175 mph, 282 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 125 kn (144 mph, 232 km/h)
  • Range: 375 mi (605 km)
  • Service ceiling: 16,000 ft (4,875 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,700 ft/min (8.6 m/s)
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