Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warbirds 7: Helicopters (Book)

Canadian Military Helicopters

Data current to 4 April 2018.

Boeing Vertol CH-147F Chinook Helicopter.  (RCAF Photo)

 

This aviation handbook is intended to provide the reader with a quick reference to the major types of military jet aircraft and helicopters flown by the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, and the Canadian Forces in the post-war jet-age. The handbooks in this series include a general description and a photograph from the Canadian Forces Archives of at least one of the key variants or marks of each aircraft that has been in Canadian military service.  Each aircraft is listed alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type. General details describing the aircrafts engines, service ceiling, speed, armament or weapons load are included, along with a brief description of the Canadian squadron which flew the aircraft.This is the sixth volume in this series. It describes the jet fighters, bombers, trainers and transports as well as the helicopters flown by Canadians in the post-Second World War jet-age. A list of museums, private aircraft collections and other locations where a number of the survivors might be found is also included. The handbook is not a definitive list of all Canadian-manufactured or operated aircraft, but should serve as a quick reminder for anyone with an interest in Canadian military aviation.

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For an update on military aircraft preserved in Canada, see "Canadian Warplanes".

Helicopters that served with the Canadian Forces and RCAF

Bell 47D  Sioux helicopter, RCAF (Serial No. 9608), VC-BVV, 444 Sqn, Rivers, Manitoba.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Bell 47D  Sioux helicopter, RCAF (Serial No. 9608), VC-BVV, 444 Sqn, Rockcliffe, Ontario, 27 Mar 1950.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3520192)

Bell H-13 Sioux helicopter, RCAF, 11 Jun 1955.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 355173)

Bell  H-13 Sioux helicopter, RCAF, 1954.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584983)

Bell H-13B Sioux Helicopter, Canadian Army, CJATC Base Rivers, Manitoba.  (Library & Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4234651)

Bell H-13B Sioux Helicopter, Canadian Army, CJATC Base Rivers, Manitoba.  (Library & Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4234650)

Bell H-13B Sioux Helicopter with Ferret Scout Car, Wainwright, Alberta.  (Library & Archives Canada Photo. MIKAN No. 4235747)

 (Author Photo)

Bell Model 47G/HTL-6 Sioux Helicopter, RCN (Serial No. 1387), (142386).  Canada Air and Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario.

Bell 47D, RCAF H-13B Sioux Helicopter (3), (Serial Nos. 9608 & 9609) later RCN (Serial No. 050), (Serial No. 9616), later RCN (Serial No. 1329), Model 47D-1, RCN HTL-4 Sioux (3), (Serial Nos. 300-302).  Model 47G, RCN HTL-6 Sioux Helicopter (3), (Serial Nos. 1387, 1388, 1452), for a total of 9 helicopters.

Bell CH-118 Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 118103), ca 1969.  (Canadian Forces Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Bell CH-118 Iroquois helicopter in flight with members of the Canadian Forces Parachute Team, The Sky Hawks, exiting over DZ Buxton, north of Edmonton, Alberta ca 1977.  Sgt Wayne Johnson in the door, Sgt Ralph Goebel just stepping off and Capt Jean Simard lower right.  (Author Photo)

Bell CH-118 Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 118103), ca 1974.  (Canadian Forces Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Bell CH-118 Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 118103), ca 1989.  (Canadian Forces Photo via Mike Kaehler)

 

Bell CH-118 Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 118103), ca 1989.  (Canadian Forces Photo)

Bell CH-118 Iroquois Helicopter. (Serial No. 118106).  (Alain Rioux Photo)

Bell CH-118 Iroquois (Serial No. 118101), CFB Trenton, Ontario.

Bell CH-118 Iroquois (Serial No. 118108).  (Alain Rioux Photo)

Bell CH-118 Iroquois Helicopter (10), (Serial Nos. 118101-118110).

 

Bell CH-135 Twin Huey Helicopter in flight.  (Canadian Forces Photo)

Bell CH-135 Twin Huey Helicopter (Serial No. 135115).  (Bill Cummings Photo)

Bell CH-135 Twin Huey Helicopter (Serial No. 135110), on floats.  (DND Photo via Mike Kaehler Photo)

Bell CH-135 Twin Huey (Serial No. 135120), 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, 7 Oct 1993.  (Alain Rioux Photo)

Bell CH-135 Twin Huey (Serial No. 135102), CFB Trenton, Ontario.  (Author Photo)

Bell CH-135 Twin Huey Helicopter (Serial No. 135114), Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario.  (Author Photo)

Bell Model 212, CUH-IN, CH-135 Twin Huey Helicopter (50), (Serial Nos. 135101-135150).

Bell CH-136 Kiowa helicopter, No. 444 Sqn, 4 CMBG, Germany.  (Vic Johnson Photo)

Bell CH-136 Kiowa helicopter, No. 444 Sqn, 4 CMBG, Germany, Sep 1977.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4728075)

Bell CH-136 Kiowas, No. 444 Sqn, Ex Certain Rampart 80, Germany, Sep 1980.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4822595)

Bell CH-136 Kiowa, (Serial No. 136201), AETE CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, 1994.  (Stephen List Photo)

Bell CH-136 Kiowa, 75th Anniversary commemorative paint scheme, 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron, 1 Wing, 1 Canadian Air Division. 5 Canadian Division Support Group Base Gagetown, New Brunswick.

Bell CH-136 Kiowa Helicopter (74), (Serial Nos. 136201-136274).

 

Bell CH-139 Jet Ranger (Serial No. 139307).  (Photo courtesy of Gerard Helmer)

Bell CH-139 Jet Ranger II Helicopter (14), (Serial Nos. 139301-139314).

 

Bell CH-146 Griffon Helicopter, Search & Rescue version in service with the RCAF at CFB Trenton.  (Photo courtesy of TMWolf)

Bell CH-146 Griffon Helicopter, in service with 403 Squadron.  (USAF Photo, MSgt Robert A. Whitehead)

Bell CH-146 Griffon helicopter currently in service with 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron, 1 Wing, 1 Canadian Air Division. 5 Canadian Division Support Group Base Gagetown, New Brunswick.  (Author Photo)

Bell Model 412, CH-146 Griffin Helicopter (99), (Serial Nos. 146400-146499)

Boeing Vertol CH-113 Voyageur Helicopter (Serial No. 10411), Canadian Army, lifting a 3/4-ton truck, ca 1965.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4235928)

Boeing Vertol CH-113 Voyageur Helicopter (Serial No. 10410), Canadian Army, ca 1965.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4235925)

Boeing Vertol CH-113 Voyageur Helicopter (Serial No, 10411), Canadian Army, lifting 105-mm C1A1 Field Gun, ca 1965.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4235937)

Boeing Vertol CH-113 Voyageur Helicopter (Serial No. 10411), Canadian Army, lifting a jeep, ca 1965.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4235930)

Boeing Vertol CH-113 Voyageur Helicopter (Serial No. 10318), Canadian Army.  None are preserved in this colour scheme.  (CF Photo).

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Boeing Vertol CH-113A Voyageur helicopters (Serial No. 10417) and (Serial No. 10415), on the water, ca 1965.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4235927)

Boeing Vertol CH-113A Voyageur helicopter (Serial No. 10315).  This helicopter is now in the CA&SM, Ottawa.  (DND Photos via Mike Kaehler)

Boeing Vertol CH-113A Voyageur helicopter (Serial No. 10316).  (DND Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Boeing Vertol CH-113A Labrador helicopter effecting a rescue from a shipwreck, 1963.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4374222)

Boeing Vertol CH-113A Labrador helicopter, RCAF (Serial No. 10402).  (Ken Fielding Photo)

Boeing Vertol CH-113A Labrador helicopter, RCAF (Serial No. 10403), with RCAF Crash Boat Flamingo and CCG Cutter Spray, training on the Bay of Quinte, Ontario, ca 1962-63.  (DND Photo via James Craik) 

 (Author Photo)

Boeing Vertol CH-113A Labrador Helicopter (Serial No. 11301).  Canada Air and Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario.

 (Author Photo)

Boeing Vertol CH-113A Labrador Helicopter (Serial No. 11315).  Natonal Museum of the RCAF, CFB Trenton, Ontario.

Boeing Vertol CH-113 Voyageur Helicopter (6), (Serial Nos. 10401-10406), CH-113A Labrador Helicopter (12), (Serial Nos. 10407-10418), for a total of 18 CH-113 variants.

 (Author Photo)

Boeing Vertol CH-147 Chinook, CFB Edmonton, ca 1978.

 (Author Photo)

Boeing Vertol CH-147 Chinook helicopter, CFB Edmonton, ca 1978, (the best jump ship of them all in the author's opinion).  Note the shark mouth taped on the nose by 450 Sqn crew based in Edmonton.  These helicopters were sold to the Dutch, who took our guys up with them in Afghanistan a few years before we bought another batch.

 (Author Photos)

Canadian Forces Parachute Team, CH-147 Chinook jump.  The author looked up to catch John Glover on the left, Rick Guthrie in the middle, Pat Turpin on the right and Al McGee in the rear on a formation exit from the CH-147 Chinook.  There were no slow pokes on this exit, nice clean and tight formation!

Canadian Forces Parachute Team, CH-147 Chinook jump, 1978.  (Author Photo)

Boeing Vertol CH-147 Chinook Helicopter (8), (Serial Nos. 147001-147009).

Boeing CC-147 Chinooks, Kandahar, Afghanistan.  (Canadian Forces Photos)

Boeing Vertol CH-147F Chinook Helicopter.  (RCAF Photo)

Boeing Vertol CH-147F Chinook Helicopter.  (RCAF Photo)

Boeing Vertol CH-147F Chinook Helicopter.  (RCAF Photo)

Boeing CH-147F Chinook, RCAF, 2016.  (Capt Adan Cazarez Photo, 82nd CAB PAO)

Boeing Vertol CH-147 Chinook Helicopter (8), (Serial Nos. 147001-147009), CH-147D (6), (147201-147206) & CH-147F.

Canadair CL-84-1/CX-84 Dynavert.  (SDA&SM Archives Photo)

Canadair CL-84-1/CX-84 Dynavert.  (SDA&SM Archives Photo)

Canadair CL-84-1/CX-84 Dynavert.  (Photo courtesy of the San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives)

Canadair CL-84-1/CX-84 Dynavert.  (CF Photo)

Canadair CL-84-1/CX-84 Dynavert.  Winnipeg, Manitoba  (Photo courtesy of Bzuk)

 (Author Photo)

Canadair CL-84-1/CX-84 Dynavert (Serial No. CX8402).  Canada Air and Space Museum.

Canadair CX-131/CX-84/CL-84-1 Dynavert (4).

Hiller CH-112 Nomad Helicopters & Ferret Scout Car, Germany 1960s.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4235843)

Hiller CH-112 Nomad Helicopter & Ferret Scout Car, Germany 1960s.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4235862)

Hiller CH-112 Nomad Helicopter with Canadian soldiers, Northern Germany, ca 1965.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4235687)

Hiller helicopters, CJATC, Rivers, Manitoba, ca 1960s.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4235124)

  

Hiller CH-112 Nomad Helicopter, Canadian Army, CJATC, Rivers, Manitoba.  (Library & Archives Canada, MIKAN No. 4235128)

 (DND Photos via Fred Paradie)

Hiller UH-12E, CH-112 Nomad Helicopter (27).

 (RCAF Photos)

Mil-17-V5 Hip, CH-178 RCAF (Serial Nos. 1780404, 178405 and 178407),  leased for the Air Task Force in Afghanistan in 2010.

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. (Photos courtesy of Comox Air Force Museum, VU 33 collection, via Mike Kaehler) 

Piasecki HUP-3 helicopter, RCN, ca 1950s.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821166)

Piasecki HUP-3 helicopter, RCN, ca 1950s.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821167)

 (RCN Photo)

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

Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever Helicopter (Serial No. 51-116623), hovering over HMCS Labrador in the Arctic.  Note the white emblem on the tail.  This helicopter started life in the USAF as H-25 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 witth 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 CWM in 1965, and later to the Canada Air and Space Museum.  It is currently on display in the CASM Ottawa. (Photo courtesy Comox Air Force Museum VU 33 collection)

  (Author Photo)

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

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

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

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

Piasecki (Boeing Vertol) H-21B Workhorse helicopter, RCAF (Serial No. 9595), Spartan Air Services, Mid-Canada line, 1959.  It was taken on strength with the RCAF on 31 March 1958.  After the helicopter recieved the distinct paint scheme, Dominion Helicopters assumed operational control of it for use in suporting the Mid-Canada Line.  It carried the Canadian civil aircraft Reg. No. CF-JJW.  It was returned to the RCAF, and then conversion work to bring it up to H-44B standards was completed by Vertol at Arnprior, Ontario on 17 Sep 1965.  Two days later it was flown to Mountain View for storage.  On the 4 March 1971, this helicopter was struck off strength with the Canadian Armed Forces.  It was reduced to spares and scrap on 7 March 1971.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4949776). 

 

Piasecki CH-125 Workhorse, RCAF (Serial No, 9641).  (RCAF Photo)

Piasecki CH-127 Workhorse, RCAF (Serial No. 9639).  (RCAF Photo)

Piasecki CH-127 Workhorse (Serial No. 9615), RCAF, jeep lift.  (RCAF Photo)

Piasecki CH-125 Workhorse (Serial No, 9636), 108 Comm Flt RCAF Station Bagotville, Quebec.  (RCAF Photo)

Piasecki H-44 Workhorse (Serial No. 9561) hoisting H-21 (Serial No. 9610), near Greenwood, Nova Scotia, 6 Jun 1961.  (RCAF Photo via Fred Paradie)

Piasecki H-21 Workhorse (Serial No. 9641) and Boeing Vertol CH-113 Voyageur CH-113 (Serial No. 10401) (later 11301), 1967.  (RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Piasecki (Boeing Vertol) H-21A, H-21B, H-21C, CH-125 Workhorse (14), (Serial Nos. 9591-9594), H-44A, H-44B, RCAF CH-127 Helicopter (2), (Serial Nos. 9595-9596), for a total of 16 helicopters.

 

Sikorsky VS-316 (R-4B) Hoverfly Helicopter, RAF.  (RAF Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Sikorsky S-51 Helicopter (Serial No. 9603), 13 Jun 1950.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390962)

Cockpit of Sikorsky S-51 Helicopter.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584088 &  3584105)

Sikorsky S-51 Helicopter.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584106)

Sikorsky S-51, 1947.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584104)

Sikorsky S-51, 1947.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584089)

Sikorsky S-51, 1947.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584090)

Sikorsky S-51/H-5 Dragonfly Helicopter, RCAF (Serial No. 9604).  (RCAF Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Sikorsky S-51/H-5 Dragonfly, RCAF (Serial No. , 7 Apr 1949, Trenton, Ontario.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3520193)

Sikorsky S-51, RCAF H-5 Dragonfly Helicopter (7), (Serial Nos. 9601-9607).

Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw helicopter, RCAF (Serial No. 9624), 11 Jun 1955.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3585152)

Sikorsky HO4S-3, RCN 226, ca 1957.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821305)

Sikorsky HO4S, RCN 254, HS-50 Sqn,  being hosed down after hovering low over salt water.   (RCN Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Sikorsky HO4S-3, RCN 250, 5 April 1957.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821233)

Sikorsky HO4S-3, RCN 254, 5 April 1957.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821228)

Sikorsky HO4S-3 Horse and ground crew, RCN 228, 1956.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821412)

Sikorsky HO4S-3, RCN 222.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

  (Author Photo)

Sikorsky HO4S-3 Horse Helicopter (Serial No. 739B), RCN (Serial No. 55885), Shearwater Aviation Museum.

Sikorsky S-55 Horse, RCAF H-19 Chickasaw Helicopter (15), (Serial Nos. 9597-9600, 9619-9629), RCN H04S-3 Horse Helicopter (13), (Serial Nos. 55144, 55305, 55320, 55867, 55875-55878, 55885-55887, 55891, 55892), for a total of 28 helicopters.

Sikorsky S-58 (H-34A) Choctaw Helicopter, HRH Princess Margaret, Harrington Lake, Quebec, Aug 1958.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4314086)

Sikorsky S-58 (H-34A) Choctaw Helicopter, RCAF (Serial No. 9635).  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Sikorsky S-58 (H-34A) Choctaw Helicopter, RCAF (Serial No. 9630).  (RCAF Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Sikorsky S-58 (H-34A) Choctaw Helicopter, RCAF (Serial No. 9632).  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Sikorsky S-58, RCAF H-34A, CH-126 Choctaw Helicopter (8), (Serial Nos. 9630-9635).

Sikorsky CH-124A Sea King (Serial No. 4027) over RCN de Havilland Tracker (Serial No. 1578), 1968.  (RCN Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Sikorsky CH-124A Sea King.  (Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

  

Sikorsky CH-124A Sea King (Serial No. 408).  (Photo courtesy of Dan Barnes)

Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King.  (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Brett Dawson)

Sikorsky S-61A, RCN CHSS-2, CH-124A, CH-124B, Sea King Helicopter (41), (Serial Nos. 4001-4041).  As of May 2000, 30 are still in operation.

Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclyone helicopter.  (Photo courtesy of Gerry Metzler)

 (RCAF Photos)

Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone Helicopter (28), (Serial Nos. 148801-148828). 

AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorant

AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorant, CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia, 7 Aug 2013.  (Korona4Reel Photo)

AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorant.  (John Davies Photos)