Technical Innovation: the Helicopter


If the Jet-versus-jet fighter combat was the most dramatic result of the Korean War in the air, then the use of the helicopter was of equal significance.

The SikorskyH-5, BellOH-13 and Hiller H-23 provided casualties speedy medical attention at field hospitals. The wounded being carried in panniers attached to the sides of the helicopter fuselage. Helicopters were also used for the first time in combat rescue missions, including the recovery of airmen shot down behind communist lines. Such a feature would be incorporated to a larger effect in the Vietnam War.