Salvage Sailor Posted February 18, 2020 Share #1 Posted February 18, 2020 Aloha Everyone, We have several DASH items scattered about the boards and also items from the first USN Drone units. The Navy began testing remote controlled aircraft and drones during WWII and continued this development into the 1950's. Prior to the development of reliable Naval helicopters and the ability to house and service them aboard smaller vessels, the USN began the deployment of the DASH system on destroyers. Gyrodyne QH-50C Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter (DASH) Shown below, port (red) and starboard (green) views The QH-50 D.A.S.H. was the first drone helicopter to enter operational service, the first rotorcraft deployed with nuclear armament, and one of the first armed unmanned aerial vehicles. The introduction of Soviet nuclear-powered submarines in the early 1960s created an immediate demand for a remotely piloted helicopter that could operate from smaller, older destroyers and could carry a Mark 57 nuclear depth bomb (like the training model seen here) or two torpedoes. Most QH-50 deployments consisted of anti-submarine patrols with torpedoes, but a number of the craft were used during the Vietnam War primarily for spotting naval gunfire. A few were adapted to carry gun and rocket systems. Gyrodyne built 758 D.A.S.H. airframes, most of which went to the U.S. Navy. Japan also operated a few. Rotor diameter:6.1 m (20 ft) Length:6.1 m (20 ft) Height:3 m (9 ft 8.5 in) Weight, empty:530 kg (1,169 lb) Weight, gross:1,046 kg (2,306 lb) Engine:Boeing T50-BO-8A, 270 shp Manufacturer:Gyrodyne Company of America, St. James, N.Y., 1965 Gift of Peter P., Barbara, and Alexander Papadakos Source: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum So if you've got DASH or Drone related items in your collections, feel free to post them here. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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