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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 902 Explorer

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South America, Brazil, For Sale by MTX Aviation
  • Year 2013
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 500
• Aircraft based and registered in Brazil. • All maintenance current. Engine model: PW207E (TBO 3,500h). • No damage history and always
Updated 31 May 2022
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McDonnell Douglas 600N

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North America + Canada, United States - FL, For Sale by 2WINGS AIRCRAFT SALES
  • Year 2005
  • S/N RN064
  • Total Time 1434
Updated 20 May 2022
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McDonnell Douglas 520N

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North America + Canada, United States - CA, For Sale by High Performance Aircraft
  • Year 2002
  • S/N LN099
  • Total Time 1900
Updated 11 May 2022

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McDonnell Douglas 900 Explorer

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Australia & NZ, Australia, For Sale by MD HELICOPTERS AUSTRALIA
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  • S/N TBD
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2 x MD900N Explorer’s + Fresh Spare Engine Available Now Excellent condition – Low Time Machines – Call for details
Updated 02 Mar 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 1596
Utility interior Aux Fuel tanks Cargo hook
Updated 07 Jan 2022
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McDonnell Douglas Helicopter 520N

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Europe, United Kingdom - England, For Sale by ICE Helicopters Ltd
  • Year 1994
  • S/N LN-062
  • Total Time 3410
Immaculate condition, well equipped, no expense spared MD520N. Low hours, always hangared, fully serviceable and ready to fly.  Maintained
Updated 02 Apr 2021
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McDonnell Douglas Helicopter 500E

Price: USD $1,150,000
Australia & NZ, New Zealand, For Sale by Volation Aviation
  • Year 1988
  • S/N 0317E
  • Total Time 2330
2,330 hours TT All original airframe - no modifications Light utility and private work history only FARGO Aux Fuel tank Cargo
Updated 02 Mar 2021
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McDonnell Douglas 500E

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Europe, United Kingdom - England, For Sale by Eastern Atlantic Helicopters
  • Year 1987
  • S/N 0260E
  • Total Time 1155
Updated 24 May 2022
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McDonnell Douglas 520N

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Europe, United Kingdom - England, For Sale by Eastern Atlantic Helicopters
  • Year 1994
  • S/N LN062
  • Total Time 3465
Delivered new 1994
Updated 19 Aug 2021
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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
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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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