Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King

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 on “Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King

    pat s on September 1, 2010 8:25 AM:

    Great post, best in a while.

    Wrenkin on September 1, 2010 11:34 AM:

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

    JonIndiaâ„¢ on September 1, 2010 11:56 AM:

    yeah I agree with Pat, pretty cool ass article mike

    Bill Smith on September 1, 2010 2:15 PM:

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

    Ted on September 1, 2010 9:30 PM:

    Love the Apollo shot

    Jonas on September 2, 2010 2:31 AM:

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

    Chris on September 2, 2010 9:08 AM:

    Here in Flanders we still use them…

    Tad on September 2, 2010 11:37 AM:

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

    Finn on September 2, 2010 2:18 PM:

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

    matthew hranek on September 2, 2010 2:34 PM:

    very handsome post. thank you.

    Brendan on September 8, 2010 12:17 AM:

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

    Wil May on September 8, 2010 12:51 AM:

    The American military and its technology always marvels.

    Peter on September 13, 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.

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