Hughes / McDonnell Douglas / MD Helicopters 500 / MD 500

Light Utility Helicopter

Hughes 500HS Cornelius Hubschrauber, D-HMRG, c/n 70-0241S © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Hughes 500 / MD Helicopters MD 500 is a light single engine five seat utility helicopter produced by the US-American manufacturer Hughes Helicopters (later McDonnellDouglas, today MD Helicopters).
Propulsion1 Turboshaft Engine
Engine ModelAllison / Rolls-Royce 250-C20R/2
Engine Power280 kW375 shp
max. Cruise Speed250 km/h135 kts
  155 mph
max. Speed (vne)282 km/h152 kts
  175 mph
Service Ceiling4.877 m16.000 ft
Rate of climb541 m/min1776 ft/min
Range532 km287 NM
330 mi.
Empty Weight688 kg1.517 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight1.361 kg3.000 lbs
Rotor Blades (main/tail)5 / 2
Main Rotor Diameter8,10 m26 ft 7 in
Tail Rotor Diameter1,40 m4 ft 7 in
Rotor Disc Area51,5 m554 ft
Length (Fuselage)6,84 m22 ft 5 in
Length9,40 m30 ft 10 in
Height2,60 m8 ft 6 in
First Flight23.02.1963 (Hughes 369)
Production Statusin production
Developed fromHughes OH-6 (369)
ICAO CodeH500
Data for (Version)MD Helicopters MD 500E (Model 369E)
Variants369 (YOH-6A), 369A (OH-6A), 369H (MD 500C), 369HM (MD 500M Defender), 369HS (MD 500C), 369HE (MD 500C), 369D (MD 500D), 369E (MD 500E), 369F, 369FF (MD 530F), 500N (MD 520N), MD 60