Although relatively expensive and complicated to operate, the versatility of helicopters is invaluable. They are used for numerous tasks which no other vehicles can accommodate, in three dimensions.
Today’s helicopters are produced with light weight, yet strong and durable composite materials which make them lighter and longer lasting. As the technology of helicopters advance, they will be able to fly at greater speeds, carry greater payloads, and operate at lower costs.
The following helicopter types are the most popular that we are aware of. If you have a favorite helicopter type that should be added to these, please let us know.
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Agusta A 129 Mangusta First all-weather military helicopter types used in Europe.
Agusta-Bell AB.212ASW Anti-submarine helicopter types using a P&W Turbo Twin Pac engine.
Bell AH-1 Cobra First dedicated attack helicopter types ever built.
Bell AH-1W Super Cobra Improved twin engine version of the original Cobra attack helicopter types.
Bell AH-1Z Viper Latest USMC attack helicopter types.
Denel AH-2 Rooivalk Attack helicopter types, designed and built in South Africa.
Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne Fast experimental military helicopter types.
Boeing AH-64 Apache The primary U.S. Army attack helicopter types.
Bell Airwolf From TV show Helicopter types that could fly at supersonic speeds.
Aerospatiale Alouette II Small rescue helicopter types known for high altitude operations and precise handling.
Aerospatiale Alouette III Larger, more powerful, higher flying rescue helicopter types, successor to the Alouette II
Airbus/Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil Popular TV news small helicopter types sold in 43 countries around the world.
Airbus/Eurocopter AS355 Relatively small, inexpensive, solid performing utility helicopter types.
Airbus/Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin Twin engine utility helicopter sold in the thousands throughout the world.
Airbus/Eurocopter AS532 Cougar Versatile medium size utility helicopter types used in military and civil aviation around the world.
Agusta Westland AW101 Merlin Large helicopter types used for ASW, SAR, mine detecting, utility, and as a VIP transport.
Agusta Westland AW109 Civilian passenger helicopter types, holds the helicopter speed record for circumnavigating the earth.
Agusta Westland AW139 Medium size utility helicopter types used by companies and governments throughout the world.
Agusta Westland AW609 Latest tiltrotor helicopter types that should start deliveries to clients right after FAA certification anticipated in 2019.
Brantly B-2 Popular two seat light helicopter types produced since 1953.
Bell 205 Civilian helicopter types of the widely used military helicopter.
Bell 206 Jet Ranger Civilian passenger helicopter types. First helicopter ever to fly around the earth.
Bell 212 Helicopter types twin engine versions of the original Huey.
Bell 214 Powerful medium size utility helicopter types developed from the UH-1.
Bell 214ST Largest heavy lift helicopter types of the Bell series with twin engines.
Bell 222 First U.S. light civilian helicopter types.
Bell 407 Medium light single engine utility helicopter types with four blade main rotor known for its smooth hover.
Bell 412 Latest improved version of the 212 series military helicopter types.
Bristol Belvedere The first British RAF twin engine, tandem rotor transport helicopter types.
MBB/Kawasaki BK 117 German – Japanese joint production helicopter often used as an air ambulance rescue helicopter types.
MBB Eurocopter BO 105 The first production helicopter types with a rigid rotor system, used by the military.
Boeing 234 Civilian transport version of their Chinook helicopter types.
Boeing Vertol 107 Civilian helicopter types of the CH-46 Sea Knight.
Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave Twin piston engine U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and USMC transport assault helicopter types that were the largest U.S. military helicopters from from 1953 to 1961.
Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight Main USMC medium transport helicopter types from 1964 to 2015.
Boeing CH-47 Chinook Mainstay medium transport helicopter types for the U.S. Army since 1962.
Sikorsky CH-53 Largest helicopter types ever produced in the U.S. used by the military.
Sikorsky CH-54/S-64 Sky Crane Large, heavy lift helicopter types, a record holder.
Dauphin Helicopter Popular twin engine, Fenstron equipped, utility helicopter types.
Eurocopter EC 120 Popular low cost light small utility helicopter types in use around the world.
Eurocopter EC 135 Said to be the quietest small helicopter types.
Eurocopter EC 145 Twin engine, medium size rescue helicopter types.
Eurocopter EC 225 Puma transport helicopter types.
Eurocopter EC 665 Tiger Attack helicopter types of Europe.
Focke Achgelis FA-223 Drach World’s first helicopter types to be used for transport.
Flettner FL 282 Kolibri First helicopter types used successfully by Germany in WWII for reconnaissance by its Navy and for SAR missions by the Luftwaffe.
Focke Wulf FW-61 The world’s first helicopter types that were fully controllable.
Aerospatiale Gazelle Light helicopter types flown by the British Blue Eagles team.
GEN H-4 Recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest helicopter types.
Sikorsky H-5 Dragonfly First dedicated rescue helicopter types.
Bell H-13 Sioux First MASH helicopter.
Piasecki H-21 First ever U.S. helicopter to fly non-stop coast to coast.
Airbus H225 Was the EC225.
Kaman HH-43 Huskie Used by the U.S.A.F. as rescue helicopter types and as air tankers starting in the 1950’s.
Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk U.S.A.F. rescue helicopter types.
Kamov Ka-27 co-axial utility helicopter types.
Kamov Ka-50 Russian attack helicopter types.
Kaman K-Max World’s first dedicated cargo helicopter types.
Westland Lynx The model ZB500 is the official helicopter speed record holder.
MD Helicopters MD 500 Known as a reliable, economical, light small helicopter types.
McDonnell MD 520N NOTAR light helicopter types.
MH-68A USCG military helicopter types known as Shark, Mako, Enforcer and Stingray, used for maritime patrol primarily against drug smugglers.
Mil Mi-8 Widely used transport helicopter types, mostly for troops.
Mil Mi-12/V-12 Largest helicopter types ever built.
Mil Mi-17 Workhorse Russian utility helicopter types , produced for export, used by military and civil aviation.
Mil Mi-24 Hind Famous Soviet attack helicopter types used extensively in Afghanistan.
Mil Mi-26 Halo Powerful, largest helicopter types currently in service.
Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned attack helicopter types.
NH Industries NH90 Latest utility helicopter types built for NATO countries.
NOTAR Helicopter Helicopter types without a tail rotor.
Hughes OH-6 Cayuse Light helicopter types used for observation that set the still standing helicopter distance without refueling record of 2,213 miles.
Bell OH-58 First U.S. military helicopter with an all glass cockpit.
Sikorsky R-4 Hoverfly Small rescue helicopter types, the first to go into mass production.
Robinson R22 Simple, inexpensive, reliable, economical, easy to fly, forgiving, all describe this popular light helicopter types.
Robinson R44 Four seat helicopte version of the R22 light helicopter types.
Boeing/Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche Costly experimental stealth helicopter types project that was canceled in 2004.
Atlas Rooivalk Advanced armed attack helicopter types built in South Africa.
Schweizer 330 Originally designed as a U.S. Army training light helicopter, it went on to become a popular utility helicopter.
Sikorsky S-55 First helicopter types of the U.S. Army used as dedicated transports.
Sikorsky S-58 Choctaw Versatile 18 seat transport helicopter types used by the U.S. military, and later exported throughout the world.
Sikorsky S-61 Sea King Official helicopter types of the U.S. president, designated Marine One, also used as a oil platform supply, passenger transport and rescue helicopter.
Sikorsky S-62 Seaguard Single turbine engine rescue helicopter types used by the U.S.C.G. from 1963 through 1989.
Erickson S-64 Air Crane Heavy life helicopter types used primarily for fighting blazes.
Sikorsky S-69 Experimental helicopter types, first flown with jet power in 1977, that primarily used its rotors only for lift. It was capable of 300+ mph speeds.
Sikorsky S-70 Firehawk Water bomber version of Black Hawk utility helicopter types.
Sikorsky S-76 Spirit High performance civilian executive transport helicopter types.
Sikorsky S-92 Mid size, twin engine, single rotor transport helicopter types used by the military, in civil aviation, and for rescue.
Aerospatiale SA-315 Lama Small helicopter types that hold the world altitude record.
Aerospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon European largest helicopter types used as a heavy transport.
Aerospatiale SA 330 Puma Transport helicopter types, they are the first all-weather helicopters to be produced outside of the Soviet Union.
Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk Twin turbine powered military helicopter types primarily used by the U.S.N. for ASW, SAR, mine sweeping, and anti-shipping duties.
Kaman SH-2 Seasprite Military helicopter types used by the U.S. Navy primarily for anti-submarine warfare.
Super Puma The Airbus H215 Super Puma is a more powerful version of the Puma, medium/large helicopter types used for off shore oil rig and VIP transport.
KAI Surion Korean built helicopter types, anticipating full deployment by 2022.
Bristol Sycamore First helicopter types produced by the British, certified as air-worthy. Used for SAR and air ambulance by the military.
Eurocopter Tiger Attack helicopter types of Europe.
Bell UH-1 Huey Well known as the primary Vietnam transport helicopter types.
Bell UH-1Y Venom The latest helicopter types in the line of the most widely produced helicopter in the West today.
Hiller UH-12 Raven Light helicopter types, made in the U.S., that pioneered the “rotor-matic” control system.
Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Primary United States Army transport helicopter types of today.
Airbus UH-72 Lakota Latest U.S. Army light utility helicopter types.
Boeing Bell V-22 Osprey Tilt rotor helicopter types, lifting off and landing as a helicopter while flying with the speed of an airplane.
Westland Scout Light helicopter types used for observation anti-tank attack by the British Army through 1994.
PZL Swidnik W-3 Sokol Twin turbine engine middle weight military and civilian transport helicopter types, built in Poland.
Westland Wasp Primary English Royal Navy ASW and SAR military helicopter types used through 1965.
Westland Wessex Version of the Sikorsky H-34 built in Great Britain, used as a ASW and tactical support helicopter types.
Westland Whirlwind The first English Royal Navy military helicopter types used for ASW missions from 1957 through 1977.
Sikorsky X2 The fastest non-jet driven rotorcraft helicopter types in the world.