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two to four
2 x 1,400 h.p. ea.
54 ft. 9 in.
15 ft. 6 in.
Sea King Helicopter
The Sea King helicopter, produced by Sikorsky, designated S-61 for civilian and SH-3 for military helicopters, first flew in 1959. To date they are in military and civil use by numerous nations around the world and still going strong.
In addition to being produced in North America, the Sea King helicopter has been produced under license in Italy by Agusta and in Japan by Mitsubishi.
The military version of the Sea King helicopter is primarily employed in an anti submarine capacity. It carries a search radar, prominently mounted in the nose of the aircraft. Additionally it may be equipped with a look down radar, generally mounted mid-ship on the underbelly. The helicopter has folding rotor blades which allow shipboard operation in confined spaces. The S-61 civilian versions can seat up to thirty and are widely used as transports for offshore oil platforms.
Through the years, the Sea King helicopter has been upgraded with more advanced avionics, increased fuel capacity, and more powerful engines. Payload capacity has more than doubled. The helicopter retains its capacity to put down in the water in case of an emergency. This is aided by its sponsons which housed flotation gear.
The last operational Sea King helicopter of the United States Navy was retired from its service on December 11, 2009. It was turned over to the USMC to be used for training purposes.
Several Sea King helicopters, designated Marine One, are the official helicopter transports for the U.S. president.
Some 344 Sea King helicopter aircraft have been built under license by Westland Helicopter for Great Britain from 1969 through 1995. They are still in use by their air force and navy. The helicopters differ primarily from U.S. built versions in that they are powered by Rolls Royce Gnome engines.
RC Sea King Helicopter