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Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King

Sep 1st, 2010 | Categories: Military | by Michael Williams

The Sikorsky Sea King was developed for the U.S. Navy in the late 1950s and introduced into service in 1961. The chopper was designed as an anti-submarine amphibious helicopter and it also serves in various roles with the Navy, including duty as one of the official helicopters of the President of the United States.

My fondness for the Sea King stems from its work recovering astronauts during the Apollo missions (see photo from Apollo 10 below). The enduring design is still relevant today as it was fifty years ago.

A Sea King with the crew of the Apollo 10 mission.

Comments: 14

14 Comments to “Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King”

  1. pat s
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 8:25 AM

    Great post, best in a while.

  2. Wrenkin
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 11:34 AM

    Not too retro: Canada still flies the ones it bought in 1963.

  3. JonIndia™
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 11:56 AM

    yeah I agree with Pat, pretty cool ass article mike

  4. Bill Smith
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 2:15 PM

    With the Royal Canadian Navy, fly the Sea King your granddad flew.

  5. Ted
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 9:30 PM

    Love the Apollo shot

  6. Jonas
    on Sep 2nd, 2010
    @ 2:31 AM

    Yep, Those Sea Kings are classics. But of course I will always be partial to the venerable UH1 “Huey”…

  7. Chris
    on Sep 2nd, 2010
    @ 9:08 AM

    Here in Flanders we still use them…

  8. Tad
    on Sep 2nd, 2010
    @ 11:37 AM

    Good enough for Jack Ryan, good enough for me. I think he jumped out of one in “Red October”.

  9. Finn
    on Sep 2nd, 2010
    @ 2:18 PM

    Great post! Check out the awesome “Onboard-Marine One” documentary available on YouTube for lots of helo-porn.

  10. matthew hranek
    on Sep 2nd, 2010
    @ 2:34 PM

    very handsome post. thank you.

  11. Brendan
    on Sep 8th, 2010
    @ 12:17 AM

    Looks nice from afar. They have more time in maintenance than in the air though. The

  12. Wil May
    on Sep 8th, 2010
    @ 12:51 AM

    The American military and its technology always marvels.

  13. Marciano
    on Sep 9th, 2010
    @ 10:50 PM

    Check out Sikorsky’s latest.

  14. Peter
    on Sep 13th, 2010
    @ 4:04 PM

    I’ve had the opportunity to actually get on HMX-1 (“Marine One”) here at my job and it is heart-achingly beautiful, and lovingly maintained. It travels with its own maintenance crew of several Marines. Been in the Aviation business for over twenty years now, and HMX-1 and the Lockheed Constellation were easily the two coolest pieces of equipment I’ve ever boarded. Nice post.