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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/48 scale US51904: Bell H-13 Sioux of HMX-1 US Marine Corps. Limited Edition of 2,900 Pieces.
Length 10.75 inches Rotor span 9.25 inches
The Bell H-13, or as the Marines liked to call it, “HTL” (Helicopter Training Light), was one of the first helicopters ever used in combat. The Marines employed them in a variety of ways from medical evacuation and mountain hopping to observation and administration flights. In 1948 HMX-1 (the “X” stood for “experimental”) received their first HTLs. From 1948 until 1953 HMX-1 used the HTLs to train all new Marine helicopter pilots. The model features the distinctive Marine Corps gloss sea-blue paint scheme. This exact helicopter can be seen at the Marine Air Ground Museum in Quantico, VA.
Originally designed as a single engine, light helicopter for use by civilians, the Bell H-13 Sioux first flew on December 8, 1945 as the Bell 47 prototype. Later redesignated H-13 by the United States Army Air Forces, the improved aircraft was used as an observation and basic training helicopter. The design is characterized by a full bubble canopy, skid landing gear and welded-tube tail boom. It has two high-level mounted saddle fuel tanks and a two bladed single rotor. The H-13 was immortalized by the long-running television show M.A.S.H., where it was portrayed in its role as a medevac aircraft.