Hughes 269C

in Costa Rican Civil Guard service

History

Used by the Escuadrilla de Helicópteros.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
TI-SPL 97-0631   11.1977 w/o 11.3.1978
TI-SPM 97-0632   11.1977 n/a


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

  • Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)

Other Sources

To be added.

Hughes 500 (369D)

in Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security service

History

Used by the Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
MSP-012 0081E TI-SPX 10.1985  
MSP-018 0142E TI-SPY 10.1994  


Pictures

McDonnell Douglas MD.500E MSP-012 seen at San Jose in
December 2006. (photo, Tomás Cubero Maingot)

McDonnell Douglas MD.500E MSP-012 seen at San Jose in
January 2005. (photo, Andrés Meneses)


More Information

References

  • Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)

Other Sources

To be added.

Hughes 500
in Suriname Air Force service

History

Used by the Air Element / SAF.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
100 01193D N9253F 1982 w/o 31.3.1982


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/2005 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

McDonnell Douglas MD-500D

in North Korean Air Force service

History

In early 1985, it was reported that a number of Hughes 500 helicopters had been imported clandestinely by North Korea. The helicopters were shipped to North Korea courtesy of the German company Delta-Aviation Fluggeräte GmbH, a Hughes helicopter distributor. Some of the helicopters were shipped from Los Angeles to Antwerp, roaded to Rotterdam where they were loaded onto a Soviet vessel for onward delivery to North Korea. In the event, 18 Hughes 500D and 61 500E helicopters were acquired in this manner. In DPRKAF service, the Hughes 500 has most likely been operated in the close support light gunship role, for agent insertion and as light transports. By the early 2000s, two Regiments, based at Pukchang with the other possibly based at either Kanchon or Sondok respectively, were operating Hughes 500s. Incidentally, over 200 MD 500 helicopters, most of which were assembled under licence, have been operated by the South Korean armed forces since the 1980s.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
  1046D   1985  
  1080D   1985  
  1085D   1985  
  1119D   1985  
  1132D   1985  
  1133D   1985  
  1134D   1985  
  1139D   1985  
  1140D   1985  
  1149D   1985  
  1179D   1985  
  1180D   1985  
  1195D   1985  
  1196D   1985  
  1197D   1985  
  1203D   1985  
  1204D   1985  


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

McDonnell Douglas MD-500E

in North Korean Air Force service

History

Sixty-one acquired through cloak-and-dagger methods in early 1985.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
  0017E   1985  
  0023E   1985  
  0024E   1985  
  0026E   1985  
  0027E   1985  
  0031E   1985  
  0032E   1985  
  0034E   1985  
  0035E   1985  
  0036E   1985  
  0038E   1985  
  0040E   1985  
  0041E   1985  
  0042E   1985  
  0043E   1985  
  0044E   1985  
  0045E   1985  
  0046E   1985  
  0047E   1985  
  0048E   1985  
  0049E   1985  
  0050E   1985  
  0053E   1985  
  0054E   1985  
  0055E   1985  
  0056E   1985  
  0057E   1985  
  0060E   1985  
  0061E   1985  
  0062E   1985  
  0063E   1985  
  0064E   1985  
  0065E   1985  
  0066E   1985  
  0067E   1985  
  0068E   1985  
  0069E   1985  
  0072E   1985  
  0073E   1985  
  0074E   1985  
  0075E   1985  
  0076E   1985  
  0077E   1985  
  0078E   1985  
  0079E   1985  
  0080E   1985  
  0087E   1985  
  0088E   1985  
  0089E   1985  
  0090E   1985  
  0091E   1985  
  0092E   1985  
  0093E   1985  
  0096E   1985  
  0097E   1985  
  0098E   1985  
  0099E   1985  
  0100E   1985  
  0101E   1985  
  0108E   1985  
  0116E   1985  


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

Hughes 500

in Icelandic Coast Guard Service

Key Facts

Total Delivered: 2
Service Entry: 1976
Retirement: 1986

History

One Hughes 369HS (“Hughes 500C”) obtained in 1976. Crash landed near Búrfell power plant 17 October 1980, but repaired and sold. Replaced by Hughes 500D with same registration. Withdrawn in early 1986 and replaced by the Ecureuil. Both equipped with floats. Main roles were support to the Cutters and light ships, and light transport duties.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
TF-GRO 1050773   7 April 1976 Hughes 369HS, CAA No.265, wfu 17 Nov 1980, to N26444, N500RT
TF-GRO 510975D   27 Oct 1981 Hughes 500D, CAA No.414, wfu 20 Jan 1986, to D-HISL

Pictures

[Hughes 500]
The first TF-GRO. (Photo, Eggert Norðdahl)

[Hughes 500]
The second TF-GRO. (Photo, Eggert Norðdahl)

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Hughes 369D

in Bahrain Public Security Service

History

Two Hughes 369D obtained in 1978. Used for pilot training duties. Withdrawn from service in 1992? Referred to by some sources as ‘Hughes 500D’.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
BPS-8     Oct 1978  
BPS-9 1160030   Oct 1978 to ZK-HHG in 1992

More Information

References

  • Worldmil (1988)
  • Worldmil (1994)
  • Worldmil (1996)

Other Sources

To be added.

Hughes 269C

in Bahrain Public Security Service

Key Facts

Total Delivered: 3
Service Entry: 1974
Retirement: 1979

History

Three Hughes 269C acquired new from the manufacturer in 1974. Used for policing duties. Withdrawn from service in 1979.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
BPS-4 1120171   1974 to G-BGYZ in 1979
BPS-5 1130253   1974 to G-BGYX in 1979
BPS-6 1130257   1974 to G-BGYW in 1979

More Information

References

  • Worldmil (1988)
  • Worldmil (1994)
  • Worldmil (1996)

Other Sources

To be added.