Talk:MD Helicopters MD 500

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Hughes 500 pics?[edit]

Why are Hughes 500 pics on this page? Simply, because I haven't found any MD 500/520/530 pics already posted on Wikipedia or Wiki Commons. Any pics of these would be welcome, as would clearer pics of the MD 600. Thanks. - BillCJ 17:27, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

Actually, you have a picture of a public-use OH-6A in the infobox. --Born2flie 06:52, 2 December 2006 (UTC)

Technically correct, yes, but my point is it's not an MD 500. - BillCJ 18:19, 2 December 2006 (UTC)

Heli pics[edit]

BillCJ, here are the pics I promised. Sorry they're a litle dull (met-wise not subject-wise!) but, as you can see from the skies, I got rubbish weather everytime I went to Kemble to photograph helicopters. The airfield is about 20 miles from where I live. Just paste the code into any article you wish.

- Adrian Pingstone 19:06, 23 December 2006 (UTC)

Thanks! - BillCJ 20:35, 23 December 2006 (UTC)

Civil / Military[edit]

Confused by the fact that the miltary version of the 500D (the 500MD Defender) is redirected to the OH-6 and described here. Some of the military customers on the OH-6 page actually have 500MDs and I would have expected them to be here (listing them on the OH-6 page look like they have a version of (or second-hand) US military versions. MilborneOne 17:58, 29 April 2007 (UTC)

The redirect pages were in place before this article was created. We do need to decide where that variant should be covered, and be consistent.
We could put all military usage under Hughes H-6, regardless of model, and all civilian usage here, even for ex-military aircraft in civil service. That is the way I've been setting up the Bell huey spin-off pages (UH-1 Iroquois, Bell 204/205, Bell 212, and UH-1n Twin Huey]]). It was initially a bit confusing, but I think it's working out well.
The other way is to handle the Defenders as derivitives of the civil 500D/E, and keep them on this page. The H-6 page is basically set up no for the OH-6/MH-6/AH-6 versions as used by the Army, and a few export versions of those models. Adding the Defenders might not fit very well with the current arragnement there.
I don't really have a problem either way, but we need to pick one. The Defenders have been widely exported, and so deserve better coverage than we have now. I'll be trying to work on that whichever way we go. - BillCJ 18:20, 29 April 2007 (UTC)
The Bell civil/military split can be confusing as most non US customers do not uses the DoD designations. I would suggest that we spin of the Defender on its own - happy to help if there is a concensus. MilborneOne 18:37, 29 April 2007 (UTC)
I don't know if we could get enough info to spin it off and make a good article at this point. But if the inmformation (and pics) do pan out, then I'd support a split at that time. - BillCJ 18:44, 29 April 2007 (UTC)
Started MD Helicopters Defender - if it doesnt grow we can allways bring it back into here. MilborneOne 19:53, 29 April 2007 (UTC)

Incidents section[edit]

I suggest that the Incidents section of this article should either be rewritten or removed. As it stands, the section describes one single incident (I've corrected the description based on info from the cited supporting source), while the NTSB database currently lists 153 MD-500 incidents (search here from 1/1/1962 to present). -- Boracay Bill (talk) 07:30, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

I would suggest that it is removed as it is not really notable. MilborneOne (talk) 12:35, 6 December 2007 (UTC)
Concur. Typically, only notable incidents are included, with notability being demonstrated by the incident having an article of its own. Unless there are really unusual circumstances involved, a 500 crash just isn't going to rise to the level of encyclopedic notability. AKRadeckiSpeaketh 16:57, 6 December 2007 (UTC)


Under military operators in the United States I changed 'Blackwater USA' to 'Blackwater Worldwide', since that is the company's official name now. MoonLoaf (talk) 05:15, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Loop the loop by a helicopter[edit]

I remember the Hughes 500 test pilots routinely flying 'loop the loops' in Culver City. This was originally in the Hughes Aircraft article but is now gone. Might there be a home for this in this article? I could go back to the article history to resurrect the prose and insert it here. --Ancheta Wis (talk) 13:10, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

Not really notable since the Kaman K-225 was recorded as performing loops as early as 1950. Either the rigid rotor or the fully-articulated rotor system is generally capable of aerobatic maneuvers as long as the structures can sustain the stresses. If it was purely for demonstration purposes, the Lockheed Model 286, in addition to the K-225 also performed loops. I don't think it would be a notable inclusion unless it was directly related to sales, or if it was a standard procedure for acceptance test flights of each aircraft. --Born2flie (talk) 20:17, 12 October 2008 (UTC)

Relationship to Hughes 369HS??[edit]

What is the relationship of this aircraft to the Hughes 369HS? There is no separate article for that aircraft —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:06, 11 April 2009 (UTC)

They are the same the 500 variants are just marketing names for the 369 series. MilborneOne (talk) 17:31, 11 April 2009 (UTC)


Im a bit confused here with the military operators section and the one of OH-6's. Wouldnt this be like the Bell 212/UH-1N split of civilians/militaries ? e.g. FAA used the civilian Hughes 369 (built in Argentina by RACA) which redirects here but are also listed in the OH-6 article and I think similar thing happens with other countries --Jor70 (talk) 00:05, 2 August 2010 (UTC)

Coming operator : the Kurdistan Regional Government has ordered 12 530F for delivery in 2013. TGCP (talk) 21:55, 13 October 2013 (UTC)

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==Start== Born2flie: It's a start. --22:41, 31 December 2006 (UTC)

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