MD Helicopters for Sale

MD Helicopters traces its history to the Aircraft Division of the Hughes Tool Company, and continues to produce a range of well-known brands in the VIP/corporate space.


In 1984, McDonnell Douglas acquired Hughes’ helicopter business, thereby taking over a manufacturer that had produced such commercial brands as the Hughes 500 and Hughes 500F, along with a range of military aircraft. Many of these famous names continued their development over the years and are still on the market today.

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MD 500E

Deal pending
MD 500E Exterior
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MD 500E

Deal pending
Asia, Hong Kong, For Sale by Asian Sky Group
  • Year 1988
  • S/N 0280E
  • Total Time 1060
• 2 Owners since New • Very Low Hours • Dual Controls • Garmin GTX 330ES ADSB Transponder with Digital Alt Encoder • Garmin GTN 650 GPS/
2 owners since new - low hours
Updated 26 Aug 2022

MD 500E

Price: USD $1,275,000 Excl. VAT
  • 1

MD 500E

Price: USD $1,275,000 Excl. VAT
Europe, United Kingdom - England, For Sale by HQ Aviation Ltd
  • Year 2002
  • S/N 0563E
  • Total Time 4544
For Sale2002 – H500E- TTAF 4544- Grey and Black Striking Paint Scheme- Black Leather/Alcantara Interior ByFarnborough Interiors- 4x Bose
Updated 21 Sep 2022

MD 520N

Price: USD $775,000
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MD 520N

Price: USD $775,000
Australia & NZ, New Zealand, For Sale by Pacific AirHub
  • Year 1992
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 5951
Fantastic Work Horse Fast, Nimble and Quiet Some want it for Hunting or Fishing You name it, it’s good
Updated 02 Aug 2022
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MD 500E

Price: USD $775,000
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MD 500E

Price: USD $775,000
Australia & NZ, New Zealand, For Sale by Pacific AirHub
  • Year 1989
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 14902
AIRFRAME HOURS 14,918 EMPTY WEIGHT 797KG FUEL TANK - STANDARD EXTENDED RANGE TANK - INSTALLED  
Updated 03 Aug 2022

MD 500E

Price: USD $775,000
  • 6

MD 500E

Price: USD $775,000
Australia & NZ, New Zealand, For Sale by Pacific AirHub
  • Year 1985
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 10975
AIRFRAME HOURS 10975 EMPTY WEIGHT 800KG PASSENGER CONFIGURED GOOD TIMES REMAINING  
Updated 02 Aug 2022

MD 520N

Price: USD $795,000
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MD 520N

Price: USD $795,000
North America + Canada, Canada, For Sale by Heli Connections Aviation Inc.
  • Year 1993
  • S/N LN049
  • Total Time 8665
Utility configured MD520N “NOTAR” ready to go to work. Well equipped with Cargo Hook, Aux Fuel Tank, Cargo Pod,
Updated 27 Mar 2022

MD 520N

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MD 520N

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Australia & NZ, Australia, For Sale by MD HELICOPTERS AUSTRALIA
  • Year -
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time -
7 Units Available  All good component times remaining. All original & in good condition. Starting from USD $630,000 MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD520N Spare
Updated 22 Feb 2022

MD 902 Explorer

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  • 1

MD 902 Explorer

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Europe, Belgium, For Sale by Pacific AirHub
  • Year 2007
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 5420
TIME SINCE NEW 5,420 LANDINGS SINCE NEW 14,709
Updated 27 Sep 2021

MD 902 Explorer

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  • 1

MD 902 Explorer

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Europe, Belgium, For Sale by Pacific AirHub
  • Year 2008
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 5870
TIME SINCE NEW 5,870 LANDINGS SINCE NEW 16,962
Updated 27 Sep 2021

MD Helicopter 902 Explorer

Price: USD $2,200,000
  • 8

MD Helicopter 902 Explorer

Price: USD $2,200,000
Europe, France, For Sale by Aero Systemes
  • Year 2000
  • S/N 069
  • Total Time 1400
Recovery Program at MD Helicopters 2008 All components inspected at RP Engines inspected at RP by P&W Canada Only 1000 flight
Updated 25 Aug 2020
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MD Helicopter 902 Explorer

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Europe, United Kingdom - England, For Sale by Aradian Aviation
  • Year 2000
  • S/N 900-00081
  • Total Time 10117
FOR IMMEDIATE SALE
Updated 26 Aug 2019
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MD Helicopters Overview
By Gerrard Cowan - Editor, Aircraft Reviews

In 1997, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing merged to form the Boeing Company. Two years later, the MD commercial helicopter lines were sold to MD Helicopter Holdings Inc, a subsidiary of RDM Holding Inc.

MD Helicopter Holdings Inc. was itself acquired by Lynn Tilton of Patriarch Partners, before it was recapitalized as an independent company – today’s MD Helicopters Inc.

MD 500 Turbine Helicopter Range

Over the decades, MD Helicopters Inc and its predecessors have overseen the development of some very well-known names in VIP/commercial aviation. This includes the MD 500 range, which stemmed from a military helicopter developed for the US Army in the 1960s.

The MD 500 has gone through a number of variants over the years, including the MD 500D in the 1970s, then the MD 500E in the 1980s.

The MD 500E remains in production today, providing a light, single-engine helicopter that combines sophistication with a competitive price. It has a relatively spacious cabin, offering room for up to five, and has a range of 290nm, powered by a Rolls-Royce Model 250-C20B turboshaft engine.

The company soon developed a variant of the MD 500E, the MD 500F, which was optimized for ‘hot and high’ operations. Equipped with a 650shp Rolls-Royce 250-C30 engine, it has a range of 260nm. Like the MD 500E, the aim with the 500F model was to provide the highest performance levels in challenging environments, at a highly competitive price.

The MD 520N light helicopter, meanwhile, was launched in the late 1980s, and has been further optimized over the years. This helicopter was the first to feature the NOTAR system (no tail rotor), which eliminates the mechanical disadvantages of a tail rotor and improves safety, according to MD Helicopters.

It is also quieter than other rotors and has less vibration. Moreover, it cuts back on pilot workload. Two other helicopters – the MD 600N and the MD 900/902 Explorer – also have this feature. The MD 520N can hold 3-4 passengers and 1-2 crew members, and is powered by a Rolls-Royce Model 250 C20R/2 turboshaft.

MD 600 Model

The MD 600N was first produced in the mid-1990s, and offers a stretched version of the MD 520N, with eight seats.

It has a six-blade main rotor system and provides a smooth and agile experience for passengers, with a maximum range of 380nm. It features a Rolls-Royce Model 260-C47M turboshaft engine.

Twin-Engine Turbine Helicopter Model

Finally, the MD 900 has been a fixture of the light twin helicopter market for nearly 30 years, having first been certified in 1994.

The MD 900 can transport 6-7 passengers (though usually four in executive seats) with 1-2 crew members, and provides a range of just under 330nm. It was one of the first turbine helicopters to use Pratt & Whitney series 200 engines, adopting the PW206A powerplant.

The MD 900 was then followed by the MD 902, which brought a range of improvements, notably through the use of the more powerful Pratt & Whitney PW206E engine, later upgraded to PW207E powerplants.

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