Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King (ASW & SAR)

GENERAL INFO:
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Sikorsky Aircraft
NUMBER BUILT:
1,100+
MISSION:
ASW & SAR
NICKNAME:
Sea King
Located in Hangar 79
BACKGROUND:

The H-3 is a twin-engine, all-weather helicopter. This multi-purpose helicopter serves a variety of missions: carrier-based anti-submarine warfare (SH-3H); utility and torpedo recovery (UH-3H); logistics (UH-3H); and search and rescue (UH-3H); and executive transport (VH-3D)

The SH-3H Sea King is deployed from an aircraft carrier, supporting anti-submarine warfare missions. Serving in air operations as plane guard and search and rescue for fixed-winged aircraft, the Sea King is the first aircraft in the air and the last to land. The UH-3H model is configured for logistical support and search and rescue missions.

Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) flies the VH-3D to support the executive transport mission for the President of the United States.

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Sikorsky Aircraft
First flight, March 1959; Operational June 1961
Two General Electric T58-GE-402 turbo-shaft engines
73 feet (22.3 m)
17 feet (5.2 m)
21,000 pounds (9525.4 kg)
120 knots (130 mph / 209.2 km/h)
14,700 feet (4.5 km)
542 nautical miles (1003.8 km)
Four
2× Mk 46/44 anti-submarine torpedoes (SH-3H)
PHOTOS:
H3
H3_1 H3_2 H3_3 H3_4 H3_5

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