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Piasecki H-21 Shawnee Helicopter Models

Discover our selection of diecast models of the Piasecki H-21 Shawnee - Innovatively Designed, Historically Influential, and Collectible Helicopter Models.

The Piasecki H-21 Shawnee, commonly known as the "Flying Banana" due to its unique fuselage shape, was an American tandem rotor helicopter developed in the 1950s. It was primarily used by the U.S. Air Force and Army as well as other military forces for troop transport, search and rescue, and medevac missions.

Characterized by its tandem rotor configuration and large lifting capacity, the H-21 was capable of operating in challenging environments, including the Arctic and in high-altitude conditions. It saw extensive service in the early years of the Vietnam War before being phased out in favor of more modern designs. The H-21 was pivotal in the development of helicopter air assault tactics and remains a notable helicopter in the history of rotary-wing aviation. The Piasecki H-21 Shawnee's significant role in military history and its distinctive design make it a fascinating subject for aviation enthusiasts and model collectors, especially those with an interest in the evolution of military helicopters and their operational history.