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These two seater helicopters were powered by a 190 HP Avco Lycoming HIO-360-D1A piston engine. These were also used by the US Army as trainers as the TH-55 Osage. Over 3000 examples of the Hughes were built over the years.
Four of these small sized choppers were procured by the Navy - IN-081, IN-082, IN-083 and IN-084. These equipped INAS-561, earmarked for Helicopter Flying Training. The Hughes were phased out in the Mid-80s.
Two of the helicopters known to have been preserved.