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Piasecki PD-18 Retriever (H-25A) (HUP-3) (UH-25C)

At the height of its career, the HUP was on every aircraft carrier in the American feet.  

The Army version H-25A carried pilot, co-pilot, three stretchers or 4 passengers and featured a 400 LB hydraulic hoist.  

The HUP was also the first production helicopter to feature auto-pilot.  

Frank N. Piasecki worked for Kellet Autogryro until 1943 when he started his own company.  Piasecki held the first helicopter pilot’s license issued in the U.S. he produced the 2nd helicopter to fly in the U.S. and the largest and first practical tandem rotor helicopter (HRP).  

The HUP was active in Korea serving as transport and liaison as well as land and sea rescue.  

This is one of 50 Army H-25’s, (serial # 147582-147630) that were acquired by the NAVY and became HUP-3’s (later UH-25C).

Service History

Delivered: Dec 4, 1949

1958-6/60 NAS Norfolk, VA,

1960 Norton, Dallas, TX San Diego, CA

1961 Ream Field, Ticonderoga, Cubi Point, Phillipines, Atsugi, Japan, St Paul

1962 Ream Field, Atsugi, Japan and re-designated UH-25C

1963 Kitty Hawk, Ream Field and storage at Litchfield Park, AZ

Stricken: 1968

MFG: Piasecki Helicopter

First Produced: 1949

Powerplant: Continental R-


Horsepower: 550 lbs

Service Ceiling: 12,700 ft

Cruise: 92 mph

Top Speed: 115 mph

Range: 357 miles

Empty Weight: 4,132 lbs

Gross Weight: 5,750 lbs

Rotor Diameter: 35’

Length: 31’10”

Height: 12’6”

Armament: None

Number Built: 245 total

50 HUP-3s