My interest is Helicopters without a tail rotor. Most known is the MD Helicopter NOTAR consept. On the internet I have a website about it, completed with productionlists of MD500E, MD500F and MD500FF.[/i
According Scramble (http://www.scramble.nl
) there are in use by Colombian Forces: 8 MD 500E, 6 MD530MG (militairy model from MD 500FF) and 2 MD500F's, 1 helicopter is impounded (type MD500E) at Bagotá.
Official there are a few types. These types are known by FAA. For commerial purposes the factory uses more types, such as MD500MD (militairy version of the Hughes 500D), MD500MG (militairy version of the Hughes/MD500E) and MD530MG the militairy version of H/MD530F and MD500FF.
The models 500E and 500F/FF are simular. The diverance with model 500D is the nose. By model 500 is the nose round and by model 500E and 530F/500FF nose longer and streamlined. The difference is the engine: MD500E has an Allison 250-C20B or Allison 250-C20R engine and the MD530F has an more powerful Allison 250-C30. The model 500FF difference from the 530F by an upgraded drive system (not reaconisable). Helicopters of Colombian Air Force:
FAC4242 (model 500E, C / N: 0171E accident Apbril 12, 1992 and written off)
FAC4247 (model 500E, C / N: 0172E unit Melgar)
FAC4249 (model 500E, C / N: 0173E accident June 26, 1986 and written off)
FAC4251 (model 500E, C / N: 0174E, unit Bogotá)
FAC4252 (model 500E, C / N: 0153E, unit Esc de Combate)
FAC4253 (model 500E, C / N: 0154E, accident 04 de February 1995 and written off)
FAC4254 (model 500E, C / N: 0175E, accident, facts unknown)
FAC4301 (model MD530MG, C / N: 0043FF, unit Combate Esc)
FAC4302 (model MD530MG, C / N: 0045FF, unit Combate Esc)
FAC4303 (model MD530MG, C / N: 0048FF, accident December 27th, 2005 and written off)
FAC4304 (model MD530MG, C / N: 0068FF, accident July 29th, 1995 and written off)
FAC4305 (model MD530MG, C / N: 0050FF, unit unknown)
FAC4306 (model MD530MG, C / N: 0051FF, unit unknown)
PNC-100 (model MD500F, C / N 0134FF, unit Aravi, May 5, 2002 and written off)
PNC-102 (model MD500F, C / N 0136FF, unit Aravi, May13, 2009 and written off)
The helicopter that is impounded was registrated as HK-3346 c/n: 0234E model MD500E. It was stored at Bogotá. Is it in use by the Air Force?
The wrackage of FAC4304 was seen at the base Melgar in March 1996. Is it still there?
c/n is construction number of the factory. You can see it on the out side of the helicopter.
This is all I know, if you have corrections please send!