Piasecki HRP-1 Rescuer“The first U.S. military helicopter in service with significant transport capability, the Piasecki HRP-1 Rescuer was put to use transporting cargo and personnel. Although referred to officially as the HRP-1, its distinctive shape soon earned it the nickname “The Flying Banana”. The fuselage was constructed of ordinary steel tubing, filled out with wooden ribs, and covered with fabric. It was not unusual for the canvas covering to rip loose from the helicopter in flight, often entangling the rotor blades.”


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