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1957 and later, the Navy ordered totally nine helicopters of the type
Vertol 44A. These first Swedish military helicopters got the designation
HKP 1. The deliveries took
place between 1958-1960.
The first two
aircraft were shipped from USA to Bremen, Germany in February 1958,
where they were assembled. The helicopters were based at Berga Navy Base
near Stockholm and at Säve Air Force Base near Gothenburg. Because of
the shape of the fuselage, the HKP 1 was usually called ”the
few years later, five second-hand civil helicopters of the similar type
Vertol 44B type were purchased from New York Airways. Two of them were
modified by Ostermans Aero to HKP 1 standard and were used by the Air
Force. The only visible difference between the 44B’s and the original
44A’s was the window arrangement. The three remaining machines were
used to provide the flying HKP 1’s with spare parts.
Vertol 44 were in the beginning designed and manufactured by Piasecki
Helicopter Corporation, which changed its name to the more well-known
Vertol in 1956.
HKP 1 was used for a lot of different tasks. It could carry eleven fully
equipped soldiers (mainly coastal commandos) or twelve stretchers. For
anti-submarine warfare (ASW) it was equipped with hydrophone/sonar and
depth charges. I could also be used for minesweeping. And course, it was
used for sea rescue.
HKP 1 was powered by one Wright Cyclone radial engine, delivering 1.425
Photo at top: The first delivered HKP 1, #01001, now on display at Flygvapenmuseum.
# 01005 at Säve, Gothenburg, March 1969.
at bottom: Vertol 44B #01472 at Bromma Airport in April 1964. Still painted in the colours
of New York Airways - blue and white with day-glow stripes.
Photo at bottom: Vertol 44B #01472 at Bromma Airport in April 1964. Still painted in the colours of New York Airways - blue and white with day-glow stripes.
Length 16,0 m. Rotor dia. 13,2 m. MTOW 6.515 kg. Max. speed 225 km/h.
© Lars Henriksson