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The original H-­‐3 Sea King was a Navy workhorse for more than 40 years. The last two operational H-­‐3's officially retired in early 2006, although an updated Sea King model is still in use by the Navy Reserves as an anti-­submarine warfare helicopter.

Because of an amphibious hull Sea King models had the ability to land on water and remain watertight for a short period of time. For this very reason, the Coast Guard used the HH-­3F model until it was phased out of service in the 1990s.

Craft Stats

Type Anti-­submarine and Plane Guard Shipboard Helicopter
Bureau Number 149932
NMNA ID 1993.585.001
Manufacturer Sikorsky
Powerplant Two 1044-­kW (1400-­hp) General Electric T58-­GE-­10 turbo-shafts
Maximum speed 267 km/h (166 mph)
Cruising speed 219 km/h (136 mph)
Initial climb rate 670 m/min (2200 fpm)
Range 1005 km (623 miles)
Service ceiling 4480 m (14,700 ft)
Weights Empty 4428 kg (9742 lb) Loaded 9525 kg (20,995 lb)
Accommodations Two pilots and two systems operators
Dimensions Rotor diameter: 18.90 m (62 ft) Length: 22.15 m (72 ft 8 in) Height: 5.13 (16 ft 10 in) Rotor disc area: 280.47 m2 (3018 sq ft)
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