McDonnell Douglas Helicopters for Sale

McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems was formed in 1984 when McDonnell Douglas acquired Hughes Aircraft (including its Hughes Helicopter arm). Helicopters were subsequently produced under the McDonnell Douglas name until 1997, when McDonnell Douglas merged with Boeing, and the helicopter production unit was renamed MD Helicopters.

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McDonnell Douglas 500D

Price: USD $725,000 Price Reduced
McDonnell Douglas 500 Exterior
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McDonnell Douglas 500D

Price: USD $725,000 Price Reduced
Australia & NZ, New Zealand, For Sale by Asian Sky Group
  • Year 1979
  • S/N 490487D
  • Total Time 11160
Freshly fully refurbished Meticulously maintained Cargo Hook Kit High Skid Landing Gear Cabin Hinged Doors Inlet Particle Separator
Freshly fully refurbished
Updated 10 May 2023

McDonnell Douglas 520N

Price: USD $1,299,000 Price Reduced
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McDonnell Douglas 520N

Price: USD $1,299,000 Price Reduced
Australia & NZ, New Zealand, For Sale by Oceania Aviation
  • Year 2008
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 1118
This low-time (only 1118hrs TT) 520N is well equipped for both commercial & private ops, with desirable extras like onboard Cargo
Updated 22 May 2023
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McDonnell Douglas 520N

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Europe, United Kingdom - England, For Sale by Victoria Helicopters
  • Year 1994
  • S/N LN062
  • Total Time 3633.4
Our 1994 MD Helicopter MD 520N has very low time, always hangar kept and privately operated.   Equipped with MD Helicopter's NOTAR
Updated 15 May 2023

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McDonnell Douglas 520N

Price: USD $1,150,000
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McDonnell Douglas 520N

Price: USD $1,150,000
North America + Canada, United States - CA, For Sale by High Performance Aircraft
  • Year 2002
  • S/N LN099
  • Total Time 1900
Updated 17 Apr 2023
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McDonnell Douglas 500E

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Europe, Sweden, For Sale by Savback Helicopters
  • Year 1989
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 6597
Notes/highlights No damage history In excellent condition
Updated 01 Jun 2023
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McDonnell Douglas 902 Explorer

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Europe, United Kingdom - England, For Sale by Eastern Atlantic Helicopters
  • Year 2001
  • S/N 900-00089
  • Total Time 5215
Updated 13 Apr 2023
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McDonnell Douglas 900 Explorer

Price: USD $890,000
Australia & NZ, Australia, For Sale by MD HELICOPTERS AUSTRALIA
  • Year -
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time -
MD900N EXPLORER - $890,000USD Very Low Hour Machine VVIP Interior (+utility Interior) Fly’s Super Smooth/Quite Always Hanged
Updated 09 Jan 2023
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McDonnell Douglas 520N

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Next Aviation (Pty) Ltd
  • Year 1992
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 1836
Updated 21 Nov 2022
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McDonnell Douglas 520N

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North America + Canada, United States - TX, For Sale by Volation Aviation
  • Year 2018
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 36
Looking for a new helicopter right now? Instant gratification can be yours with this factory fresh, as new, and immaculately
Updated 09 Jul 2022

McDonnell Douglas 902 Explorer

Price: USD $1,099,000
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McDonnell Douglas 902 Explorer

Price: USD $1,099,000
Australia & NZ, New Zealand, For Sale by Volation Aviation
  • Year 1995
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 2145
There wasn't a lot of creativity happening in rotary aviation in the 1990's until MD brought out the NOTAR system
Updated 12 Jul 2022
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McDonnell Douglas Helicopter 500D

Price: USD $825,000
Central America, Costa Rica, For Sale by Air-1
  • Year 1979
  • S/N 490533D
  • Total Time 8384
Used for Private and VIPs. Never used for utility. Maintenance will not fail to impress. Good Component times 
Updated 05 Mar 2020

McDonnell Douglas 500D

Now Sold
North America + Canada, Canada, For Sale by Victoria Helicopters
  • Year 1979
  • S/N 190451D
  • Total Time 18367
Utility configured 500D in excellent condition with an empty weight of 1560 lbs. RR250-C20B Engine with fresh 3500hr Turbine
Updated 01 Jun 2023
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McDonnell Douglas Turbine Helicopter Overview

By Matt Harris - Editor, AvBuyer Magazine

Two years later, Boeing sold MD Helicopters to RDM Holding, and after a period of struggle in 2005 was purchased by Patriarch Partners, led by Lynn Tilton, and recapitalized as MD Helicopters, Inc., an independent company.

McDonnell Douglas’ MD 500 Turbine Helicopter Range

Prior to the acquisition by McDonnell Douglas, Hughes Helicopter had developed the popular Hughes 500 single Rolls-Royce 250-C20B engine turbine helicopter. The company had built over 5,000 units, including the Hughes 500 Defender military version, since production began in 1963.

Naturally, McDonnell Douglas was keen to continue the success, and production of the MD 500E continued under the McDonnell Douglas name, offering the market a sophisticated, but attractively-priced, option.

During the same year that McDonnell Douglas acquired Hughes Helicopter, the MD 530F Lifter was certified, and provided operators with a ‘hot and high’ version of the MD 500E. For the MD 500F, the Rolls-Royce 250-C30HU engine was selected. Both the MD 500E and MD 500F offered ranges in the region of 250nm.

McDonnell Douglas further added to the MD 500 product line when it achieved certification of the MD 520N in 1991. This model was the first to feature No Tail Rotor (NOTAR), while McDonnell Douglas selected the Rolls-Royce 250-C20R/2 powerplant.

The big advantage of offering NOTAR was the elimination of some of the mechanical disadvantages of a tail rotor, improved safety (since NOTAR helps reduce pilot workload), and also the fact that it is notably quieter than other rotors and produces less vibration.

MD 600 Model

Building on the success and developments within the MD 500 product range, McDonnell Douglas introduced the MD 600N light utility single-engine turbine helicopter. This was a stretched version of the MD 520N, providing capacity for up to eight passengers (compared to five on the MD 520N).

Powered by a Rolls-Royce 260-C47M engine, the MD 600N similarly incorporated NOTAR. In the case of the MD 600N, though, the fuselage wasn’t the only thing that stretched: the maximum range of the aircraft was 380nm – approximately one-third more than was offered by the MD 500 series.

Meanwhile, a six-blade main rotor system ensured a smooth ride for passengers. Certification of the MD 600N was achieved in 1997, the same year McDonnell Douglas merged with Boeing.

Twin-Engine Turbine Helicopters

For many years, McDonnell Douglas had its sights set beyond only manufacturing single-engine turbine helicopters, and in 1989 announced its intention to develop a twin-engine product – the MD 900 Explorer.

To achieve its twin-engine goals, the company turned to Pratt & Whitney Canada, selecting the PW206A as the powerplants. Certified in 1994, the MD 900 Explorer transports between four and seven passengers (normally four in executive configuration), and offers a range of approximately 330nm.

By 1997 – the year of the McDonnell Douglas/Boeing merger – the MD 902 was announced which would bring a range of improvements, notably through the use of the more powerful Pratt & Whitney PW206E engine.

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