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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, 

Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever

Data current to 19 Dec 2018.

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

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)