All About The MD-500

As seen in the famous television series Magnum P.I., the Hughes 500D helicopter was originally developed about half a century ago for military purposes. Not only did this recognizable and now iconic aircraft add some cutting-edge drama to the series, it also showcased Oahu’s photogenic beauty from high above.

At Magnum Helicopters, we’ve reconstructed that very same “D model” helicopter to closely resemble the one used in the TV show—but ours is even better! Our version features a more powerful engine, a T-tail, and a five-blade main roto for quick maneuverability and a smooth ride. As you soar high across the Oahu sky during your 50-minute aerial tour, you’ll experience the ultimate Magnum P.I. helicopter tour!

To learn more information about the iconic Hughes 500D helicopter flown in Magnum P.I., feel free to contact us at 808-833-4354. Whether you’re interested in booking a Magnum P.I. helicopter tour over Oahu or have questions regarding the aircraft’s technical specifications, we’re here to help. Thanks for choosing Magnum Helicopters!

MD-500 Helicopter
Seating capacity: 5 total
Length: 30.81 ft (9.4 m)
Rotor diameter: 26.4 ft (8.1 m)
Height: 8.6 ft (2.6 m)
Rotor diameter: 26.4 ft (8.1 m)
Disc area: 547.8 ft² (50.9 m²)
Empty weight: 1,481 lb (672 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 3,000 lb (1,361 kg)
Power Plant: Allison 250-C20B Turboshaft, 420 hp (313 kW)
Maximum speed: 180 mph (156 knots, 289 km/h)
Cruise speed: 155 mph (135 knots, 250 km/h)
Range: 267 mi (429 km)
Service ceiling: 16,000 ft (4,877 m)
Rate of climb: 1,770 ft/min (9 m/s)