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Warbird Picture - Model FH-1100 on display at the Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget Airport in June 1967

Fairchild Hiller FH-1100 Aircraft Information

Fairchild Hiller FH-1100


Warbird Picture - Model FH-1100 on display at the Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget Airport in June 1967

Picture - Model FH-1100 on display at the Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget Airport in June 1967

Role: Helicopter
Manufacturer: Fairchild Hiller
First flight: 21 January 1963
Introduced: 1966
Status: Currently in use
Primary users: Okanagan Helicopters Royal Thai Police
Produced: 1966-1973
Number built: 253

The Fairchild Hiller FH-1100 is a single-engine, single two-bladed rotor, light helicopter which began as a design entry into United States Army's Light Observation Helicopter program. The Hiller Model 1100 was not selected but after Hiller Aircraft was purchased by Fairchild Stratos in 1964, the Model 1100 was successful marketed as a civilian helicopter, the FH-1100. The type certificate is now held by the FH1100 Manufacturing Corporation of Century, Florida.


Light Observation Helicopter (LOH)

Airplane Picture - YOH-5A LOH

Picture - YOH-5A LOH

In October 1960, the Army submitted a request for proposals (RFP) for the Light Observation Helicopter (LOH). Hiller Aircraft (Hiller), along with 12 other manufacturers, including Bell Helicopter (Bell) and Hughes Tool Co. Aircraft Division (Hughes), entered the competition, submitting their designs to a Navy team for evaluation. Hiller submitted the Model 1100, which was recommended by the Navy team and eventually selected as one of three winners of the design competition by the Army in May 1961. The Army designated the Model 1100 design as the YHO-5.

Detailed design work began in November 1961, and the Model 1100 prototype made its maiden flight on 21 January 1963. Hiller produced a total of 5 copies of the Model 1100 to submit to the Army for the Test and Evaluation phase at Camp Rucker, Alabama in 1963. After the test and evaluation, the Bell YOH-4 was eliminated, and Hiller and Hughes competed in a program cost analysis bid for the contract. In 1965, Hiller was underbid by Hughes and the Army selected Hughes' YOH-6. Although Hiller formally protested, Hughes was awarded a production contract for the OH-6 Cayuse.

In 1967, when the Army reopened the LOH competition for bids because Hughes Tool Co. Aircraft Division couldn't meet the contractual production demands. Fairchild-Hiller decided not to resubmit their bid with the YOH-5A, instead choosing to continue with commercial marketing of their civilian version, the FH-1100.

The FH-1100 was produced until 1973. In 2000, the Type Certificate was purchased by FH1100 Manufacturing Corporation. FH1100 Manufacturing conducts remanufacturing and training but has not received a production certificate for the FH-1100, which it now calls the FHoenix.


Hiller Model 1100 Four-seat prototype powered by a Allison 250-C10 engine and certified in May 1964.

FH-1100 Civil production five-seat model powered by a Allison 250-C18 engine and certified in November 1966. Later production fitted with a Allison 250-C20B engine. 246-built

RH-1100A Pegasus Updated civil version, built and marketed by Rogerson Hiller Helicopters.

RH-1100M Updated military version, built and marketed by Rogerson Hiller Helicopters.

YOH-5A United States Army designations for five Model 1100 for evaluation powered by a 250shp Allison T-63-A-5 engine.

Former operators

Argentina Brazil

Forca Aeronaval de Marinha do Brazil (1968-1976) - 6 aircraft as H-5


Okanagan Helicopters - 30 aircraft

Chile Cyprus Ecuador El Salvador

Fuerza Aérea Salvadorex±a - 1 aircraft


Panamanian Air Force - 3 aircraft (1969)

Philippines United States

General Services Administration
Nassau County Police Department
California Highway Patrol
Louisiana State Police
New Jersey State Police
Virginia State Police
Columbus, Georgia municipal police department
Baltimore City Police Department
Puerto Rico Police Department


Royal Thai Police - 16 aircraft


An FH-1100 was on display at a Paris airshow in the early 1970s when it experienced what is believed to be a control link failure, leading to a loss of control, an in-flight break up and subsequent crash of the machine.

Specifications (FH-1100)

Data from FAA.gov

General characteristics

Crew: 1 or 2 pilots
Capacity: 860 lbs or 2-3 passengers.
Length: 29ft 10in (9.08m)
Rotor diameter: 35ft 5in (10.8m)
Height: 9ft 4in (2.83m)
Max takeoff weight: 2,530 lb (1,147 kg)
Powerplant: 1x— Allison 250-C18 turboshaft, 317 shp (236 kW)


Maximum speed: 110 knots (127 mph, 222 km/h)
Range: 430 mi (692 km)
Service ceiling: 21,489ft (6,550m)

Comparable aircraft

Bell YOH-4
OH-6 Cayuse
Bell 206
MD Helicopters MD 500


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