H-3 Sea King
Description: A multi-purpose helicopter.
Features: The H-3 is a twin engine, all-weather helicopter. The
SH-3H model is used by the Navy Reserves to detect, classify, track and
destroy enemy submarines. It also provides logistical support and a search
and rescue capability. The UH-3H model is utility configured for
logistical support and search and rescue missions. The VH-3D
model supports the Executive Transport Mission.
Background: The first version of this workhorse helicopter was
flown more than 40 years ago. The Sea King has been replaced by the
Sea Hawk helicopters as the anti-submarine warfare helicopter.
The transition was completed in the mid-1990s. The remaining Sea King
helicopters have been configured for logistical support and search and
rescue missions. Current plans are to phase out the H-3 by 2009.
Functions by assignment:
- VH-3D (HC-2) — Executive Transport
- UH-3H (HC-85/PMRF/VC-8) — Utility and Torpedo recovery
- SH-3H (HS-75) — Carrier-based anti-submarine warfare
- UH-3H (HC-2/Naval Air Stations) — Logistics/Search & Rescue
Contractor: Sikorsky Aircraft Division of United
Technologies, Stratford Conn.
Unit Cost: $6.4 million
Propulsion: Two General Electric T58-GE-402 turboshaft engines
Length: 73 feet (21.9 meters)
Fuselage length: 54 feet, 9 inches (16.5 meters)
Height: 17 feet (5.1 meters)
Weight: 11, 865 lbs. (5,339 kg) empty
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 21,000 pounds (9,450 kg)
Range: 542 nautical miles (623.3 statute miles, 997 km.)
Ceiling: 14,700 feet (4,410 meters)
Cruising Speed: 120 kts (138 miles per hour(217.6 km))
Armament: Two Mk-46
Date Deployed: First flight, March 1959; Operational, June 1961