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 / 25 / 2
Main Rotor Diameter8,10 m26,6 ft
Tail Rotor Diameter1,40 m4,6 ft
Rotor Disc Area51,5 m554 ft
Length (Fuselage)6,84 m22,4 ft
Length9,40 m30,8 ft
Height2,60 m8,5 ft
First Flight23.02.1963 (Hughes 369)
Production Statusin production
Developed fromHughes OH-6 (369)
ICAO CodeH500
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