Piasecki (Vertol) CH-21C 'Shawnee'

  Manufacturer:Piasecki (Vertol)
  Base model:H-21
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Helicopter
  Modified Mission:Transport
  Crew:Pilot, Copilot, Chief, Gunners
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  Length: 52' 6" 16.0 m
  Height:15' 9" 4.8 m
  Wingspan: 44' 13.4 m
  Empty Weight: 8,950 lb 4,058 kg
  Gross Weight: 15,200 lb 6,893 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Wright R-1820-103 Cyclone
  Horsepower (each): 1425

  Range: 265 miles 426 km
  Cruise Speed: 98 mph 157 km/h 84 kt
  Max Speed: 127 mph 204 km/h 110 kt
  Ceiling: 9,450 ft 2,880 m

Examples of this type may be found at
American Helicopter MuseumWest ChesterPennsylvania
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space MuseumNew YorkNew York
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona
Quonset Air MuseumNorth KingstonRhode Island
United States Army Aviation MuseumOzarkAlabama
United States Army Transportation MuseumFort EustisVirginia

CH-21C on display

American Helicopter Museum

Pima Air & Space Museum

United States Army Aviation Museum

United States Army Transportation Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Larry Coppala
 Louisville, KY
After YEARS of searching I finally found a source for H-21 Pins and baseball caps with the flying banana on them. Send me an email if anyone is still alive that wants one. (We are getting few and far in between)
04/30/2014 @ 10:27 [ref: 68466]
 Meriden, CT
For information on our CH-21C restoration project please go to:

06/10/2012 @ 08:28 [ref: 59446]
 Fred Parr
 Douglas, AZ
Larry C. Coppala left camp Stanley (151)a couple of months before I got there.
We had more hanger queens than flying 21's the time I spent there, I got shifted up to Casey half way into the tour.
But I am sure Larry (Link) remembers "Bright Bess"

Lucky 13 eightball.

Do love the whine of those drive shafts, ol Frank P made a real workhorse for sure, if you could stand the noise.
Those radial engines sure made sweet music in the morning it was just the racket inside that hurt your ears.

Gotta love Korea, great tour.

Fred Parr
PS I still have a lot of photos of 21's and the camp and so on....
02/08/2012 @ 04:29 [ref: 52447]
 Fort Eustis, VA
I am looking for some help here in fort eustis, va we are trying to restore the CH-21C here at the museum. The aircraft is worn and needs a complete overhaul. Its sad to see an aircraft with so much history just slowly dying here. For anyone that could provide information as far as manuals and parts i would appreciate it and for CH-21C mechanics where was the data plate located on the CH-21C.
Email: bobby201084@hotmail.com

Thank you

Robert SGT
CH-47 Mechanic
06/20/2010 @ 08:35 [ref: 26609]
 Kurt Catob
 Homer City, PA
Looking at the Alaska/Rescue painted CH-21 Photos: I recall prepping and painting (white and dayglo orange) 2 or 3 ships at Eustis which were then flown to Ft.Richardson. We tracked their progress daily and cheered when they got there. Have no idea who crewed. This was late 1960 or early 1961 before I shipped over to Camp Stanley, Korea. No photos.
03/29/2010 @ 10:12 [ref: 25943]
 Kurt Catob
 Homer City, PA
Was at Stanley, 151st Maint. Det., 1961-62. Knew Link Coppala and have swapped photos with him since. would sure like to swap notes with others who were there at the time. I fear we're mostly dinosauers and not into computers and internet. 676.40 Cargo Helicopter Field Maintenanceman. Schooled at Eustis, Rotated back to Belvoir.
03/29/2010 @ 09:53 [ref: 25942]
 Ken Garasz
 Titusville, FL
I crewed a CH-21 in Ascom Korea in 1967 with Co.A.Any former chiefs out there??
03/08/2009 @ 16:06 [ref: 23909]
 Larry C. Coppala
 Louisville, KY
I sent an email to the address shown in your comments and it was rejected. So I am hoping to reach you by this posting.
I was in the 13th Trans (Hel) at Camp Stanley Korea in 1961-62. I was mechanic on the H-21, later designated as a CH-21 for those of us in the U.S. Army. I have many photos and stories from this tour of duty, including group photos of the whole company. As well as the 151st Maint Det (CHFM) which was next door to the 13th and did the Field Maint of same. I know you are looking for info/photos from the guys in Viet Nam during this time frame and wish you good luck with that. But there were very few involved at that time. I also went to Ft Benning in 1963 and became part of the 11th Air Assault build-up into the 1st Air Cav Division. MOST of the guys involved with Army H-21's knew each other as we were a small group. The Army only purchased about 330 of these choppers total. Remember, I am talking about the U.S. Army involvement. Other services also had the H-21 type of chopper, and I have no info about them. Most of our guys matriculated into the CH-47 Helicopters by 1966. Most of the Army guys were schooled at Ft Rucker AL as I was in 1960. And returned there from Viet Nam in 1967. One great source of info for you would be the book "Flying Army", by W.E. Butterworth. He gave us a lecture at Ft Rucker when I was in training there. I have a copy of the book and it's most dear to me. I hope you can find a copy for your research. I could not fine any mention of your Dad's Unit in the book in the Viet Nam section. However, I was doing a fast scan and maybe I missed it. Please go to this web address of mine and see a small sample of my photos. http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=331&folderid=210338&groupid=273794&folderview=thumbs&ck=
Let me know if I can help.
Larry (aka Link) Coppala
10/28/2008 @ 06:23 [ref: 22939]
 Larry C. Coppala
 Louisville, KY
I'm looking for a hat pin of the U.S. Army H-21 (later designated as a CH-21) Shawnee, twin rotor helicopter. If ANYONE knows for sure where I can get one please let me know. I want the pin to display in my Medals Case. The H-21 was the first chopper I ever worked on back in 1961-62 at Camp Stanley, Korea.

10/28/2008 @ 05:50 [ref: 22938]
 Victor Messick
 Amawalk,, NY
My dad is Roger Messick who flew the H-21 with the 81st Transportaion Company out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He was with the 81st in Pleiku, South Vietnam,October 1962 through spring of 1963.
He has written an account of his tour with the 81st in Vietnam, and in my opinion, is an outstanding read. He writes about the H-21 with great respect and affection.
I'm writing for a couple of reasons:
1) I'm doing research for a possible book/documentary film(at the very least, an article) about the H-21 and her pilots,particularly those who may have served in Vietnam with any of the five transportaion companies during 1961-64. Is there anyone out there? Anybody know anyone who flew her during this time? Are you willing to contact me? Would you be willing to be interviewed and share your stories?
My email is victor.victor1281@gmail.com
My address is Victor Messick Box66 Amawalk,NY 10501

2) Little recognition is given towards the H-21 and those who flew the H-21 in the early part of the Vietnam war. The airmobile concept established by the 11th Air Assault Division/1st Cav.Division can be attributed, in part, to those H-21 pilots and transportation companies who implemented air assault tactics out of necessity. In many respects, the tactics established by the H-21 and her pilots was a template. My goal is to make people more aware, and also give credit where it's due.

Thankyou for your interest and help.
Victor Messick

A bit of coincidence: To Thomas McAlpine -- We used to live in Williamstown. From 1967-1978. We still have friends there. Lived on Southworth Street. Try to contact me in respect to above.

10/16/2008 @ 18:33 [ref: 22870]


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