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 son September 1, 2010 @ 8:25 AM:

    Great post, best in a while.

    Wrenkinon 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 Smithon September 1, 2010 @ 2:15 PM:

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

    Tedon September 1, 2010 @ 9:30 PM:

    Love the Apollo shot

    Jonason 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”…

    Chrison September 2, 2010 @ 9:08 AM:

    Here in Flanders we still use them…

    Tadon 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”.

    Finnon 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 hranekon September 2, 2010 @ 2:34 PM:

    very handsome post. thank you.

    Brendanon September 8, 2010 @ 12:17 AM:

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

    Wil Mayon September 8, 2010 @ 12:51 AM:

    The American military and its technology always marvels.

    Peteron 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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