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Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King (ASW & SAR)
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King (ASW & SAR)
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King (ASW & SAR)
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King (ASW & SAR)

Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King (ASW & SAR)

Snapshot
Nickname:
Sea King
Number Built:
1,100+
Make:
Sikorsky Aircraft
Mission:
ASW & SAR
Location:
The Raytheon Pavilion & Outdoor Exhibits
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.

Specs
Contractor
Sikorsky Aircraft
Deployment Date
First flight, March 1959; Operational June 1961
Length
73 feet
Height
17 feet
Weight
21,000 lbs
Max. Speed
130 MPH
Service Ceiling
14,700 feet
Range
542 nautical miles
Crew
4