H-3 Sea King helicopter
A multi-purpose helicopter.
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.
The first version of this workhorse helicopter was flown more than 40 years ago. The Sea King has been replaced by the SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopters as the anti-submarine warfare helicopter.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.
|Point Of Contact|
Naval Air Systems Command Public Affairs Department
47123 Buse Road, Unit IPT
Bldg. 2272, Suite 075
Patuxent River, MD 20670-5440
|Primary Function: 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, CT.|
|Date Deployed: First flight, March 1959; Operational, June 1961.|
|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 is 21,000 pounds (9,450 kg).|
|Airspeed: 120 kts (138 miles per hour(217.6 km)).|
|Ceiling: 14,700 feet (4,410 meters).|
|Range: 542 nautical miles (623.3 statute miles, 997 km.).|
|Last Update: 18 February 2009|