Identify by helicopter characteristics








Below check the specific characteristics of the helicopter or eVTOL you are looking for. You can select multiple items for each characteristic. The results will be filtered automatically. 

HAL Dhruv

Hindustan Aeronautics seems to have looked well at the BK117 when they designed the Dhruv, as both helicopter appear very similar. The Dhruv has a four blade tail rotor on the right side, and smaller vertical fins at the ends of the horizontal stabilisers. Also the air intakes are different. (photo: Alan Lebeda/WikiMedia)

Hiller HJ-1 (XH-32/XHOE-1)

Hiller model HJ-1, also known as YH-32 and XHOE-1, is a two seat helicopter with ramjet engines at the tips of the two blade main rotor. The main rotor has two smaller, stabilising blades as well. Some versions have horizontal stabilisers with anhedral, as shown here, other have no stabilisers or only a vertical fin.

Hughes 369 & MD500 family

This helicopter is easily recognisable by its egg-shaped fuselage with a rounded front and engine placed in the pointed rear, which ends in the exhaust. Also typical is the narrow tail boom with a large fillet between the fuselage and tail boom. The skids are quite towards the front. The tail configuration differs per subtype. There is also a version without tail rotor, described separately.

Hughes/MD Helicopters Apache

This attack helicopter has several key features to recognise it: a fixed wheeled landing gear with the tail gear at the very end of the helicopter, a four-blade tail rotor having unequal angles between the blades and engines placed at the side of the fuselage, with exhausts pointing up, into the rotor wash.


The general appearance of the KUH-1 and MUH-1 remind of the (Super) Puma and Cougar, like the nose and engines placed on top of the fuselage, in front of the main rotor. It has a fixed wheeled gear with a double nose wheel. The main gear is attached to the fuselage with two struts, a short and a long one. Two long narrow cabin windows, directly behin the cockpit, are another typical feature. (photo: Jang Su Lee/WikiMedia)

Kaman H-43 Huskie

Many features of the Kaman Huskie are unique in a single helicopter: a short boxy fuselage with two tail booms each holding a vertical stabiliser, intermeshing two blade main rotors and four main landing gear legs.

Kaman SH-2 Seasprite

Kaman is famous for intermeshing main rotor blades, but the Seasprite is an exception. It is more conventional with two engines in nacelles attached to the side of the rotor gear box. Typical are the two wheel main gears that retract forward in the lower side of the fuselage.

Kamov Ka-26

This co-axial helicopter has piston engines in nacelles attached to the upper side of the fuselage, so they look like jet engines. Furthermore, the Ka-26 has two tail booms, with a horizontal stabiliser in the middle and vertical stabilisers at both ends. The four leg gear has two short legs at the front and two long ones at the rear.

Kawasaki OH-1

The OH-1 can best be described as an Agusta A129 with a shrouded tail rotor and the flat canopy windows of the AH-1 Cobra. The gear is fixed.

Leonardo AW09 (SKYe SH09)

The SKYe SH09, now as AW09 the smallest helicopter in the Leonardo (AgustaWestland) line-up, has a shrouded tail rotor that is big compared to the tailboom and tail. Additionally, the AW09 has a 'standard' tube skids, a five blade main rotor and all glass cockpit doors. (photo: Kecko/WikiMedia)