If you have any photographs, logbook entries, any other data or any suggestions you can provide to help complete this list, please email me via the link on the homepage. It would be best if you can provide me with high resolution scans of photographs or other data. All submitted material will be credited to the contibutor.
ABOUT THE WEBMASTER
In 41 years of piloting I've amassed over 18,000 hours and have flown everything from a Cessna 150 to a KC-135R to
a Boeing 767. Type rated in the B-707, B-720, B-757, B-767, and DC-9; I currently fly as a Captain and Check Airman on the MD-80. Alas! I have flown in helicopters - including an S-55 - but, have never flown a helicopter.
ABOUT THE DATABASE
First on the database is the Bureau Number (BuNo). As USMC aircraft are procured by the Navy the information comes from the actual Navy aircraft history cards. The six-digit Bureau Number was normally painted on the HRS tail-boom and began with 127, 129, 130, 137, 140, 141, 142 or 144. (Asterisks next to database BuNo's denote HRS's my father flew).
Second is the squadron ID, also known as a MODEX. Each squadron had a unique, two letter identifier followed by a number often painted on the nose and the triangular ventral fairing. The transport squadron identifiers were:
HMR-161 HR (YR)
HMR-162 HS (YS)
HMR-163 HP (YP)
HMR-261 HM (EM)
HMR-262 HT (ET)
HMR-263 IL (EG)
HMR-361 HN (YN)
HMR-362 HL (YL)
HMR-363 HZ (YZ)
(Parenthesis’ denote the December 31, 1956 re-designation to, Marine Helicopter Squadron-Light, HMR(L), and the associated call letter changes)
Third is the squadron number (e.g. HMR-162). This was usually painted somewhere on the boom.
Fourth is any pertinent source material other than the History Card. (e.g. - photo, logbook entry)
Fifth are any pertinent notes of interest with regards to the particular aircraft.
Where any information in the database appears in blue, you may click on it to view a link to further data -
photographs with in depth particulars on that Bureau Number, Accident Reports, Etc.