Sikorsky SH-3D 'Sea King'

Notes: Upgraded SH-3A with internally mounted fuel tank. Cruise guide system. Also staff transport version.

  Base model:H-3
  Nickname:Sea King
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Helicopter
  Modified Mission:Anti-submarine
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  Length: 72' 9" 22.1 m
  Wingspan: 62' 18.9 m
  Empty Weight: 11,301 lb 5,125 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: General Electric T58-GE-10
  Horsepower (each): 1400

  Range: 540 miles 869 km
  Max Speed: 159 mph 256 km/h 138 kt
  Ceiling: 15,000 ft 4,571 m

Operators (Past and Present)
USN BF Whidbey Island WA
USN BF Key West FL
USN HC-16 Pensacola FL

Known serial numbers
152690 / 152713, 153532 / 153537, 154100 / 154123, 156483 / 156506, 158724 / 158725, 158874 / 158875 , 159026 / 159029 , 159053 / 159056 , 161207 / 161212

Examples of this type may be found at
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida

SH-3D on display

National Museum of Naval Aviation


Recent comments by our visitors
 David Wells
 Marietta, GA
Last time I was at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, 'Troubleshooter 60' was not on display. It was on the ramp behind the museum with other 'not on display' aircraft.

The only other Sikorsky Sea King on display is President Nixon's Marine One in the new building.
05/21/2013 @ 04:20 [ref: 67824]
 T.Michael Wilson
 Pensacola, FL
Was in HS-3 1964 to 1967 and during that time HS-3 was priviledged to be on the recovery of Gemini's 3, 10 & 11. Only regret that I did not take advantage of the collectable stamp used during these recoveries for outgoing mail. It's great seeing bird 60 on display here at the museum. Wonder about my squadron mates now and then.
03/22/2012 @ 05:44 [ref: 54381]
 Dave Wells
 Marietta, GA
Was in HS-3 from 1964 to 1967, AX-2 aircrew. Got to fly the Gemini 10 and Gemini 11 recoveries. Pilot would turn on the ASE (automatic stabilization system) and we would go on the 'Sikorsky Sleigh ride' as it tried to settle down. The electronics was a bit primitive back then, always had to be prepared for the 'ASE Hard-Over', where it would slam the stick to one side.

09/22/2011 @ 20:58 [ref: 49217]
 Dennis Sullivan
 cape coral, FL
After spending eight years in the U.S. Army including Viet Nam 67-68 I moved to New England and joined the Navy Reserves in South Weymouth Navel Air Station HS74. I can't tell you how much I loved the Navy Reserves especially flying on these birds. After flying in Army Hueys UH1's the SH3D'S are real choppers. In the reserves, I was a ET and ASW working on the electronics which was my MOS in the Army. The SH3-D shake you around, but at least I didn't have that tink, tink, tink of rounds going thru and around my butt in the floor. They shake, rattle and roll and are beautiful. I hope I can find what happened to HS74 because since I am a old retired person I need some patches to wear on a jacket for ever. GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY.
07/13/2011 @ 18:36 [ref: 40355]
 peter triolo
 , RI
I flew the H3 with HS3 and HS74 during the 60's and early 70's. I don't miss it a bit.
01/07/2010 @ 05:03 [ref: 25533]
 John Kramer
 Hawley, PA
I flew the SH-3A, the SH-3D, SH-3G, and the SH-3H. HS1, VC8 and HS75. The Delta was my favorite. The Millenium Falcon - NW555 never broke. Flew the H2 with HSL94 for a few months, scared the krap out of me. This was a true Cadillac.
12/08/2009 @ 11:49 [ref: 25401]
 Ted Lisbon
 , GA
I was with HS-3 when we integrated the SH-3A (then known as the HSS-2) into the fleet. We had 16 aircraft in the squadron at that time, the side numbers were basically assigned as the planes were received from Sikorsky. They started, as I recall, at 50 and went thru side number 66. So this plane is likely an HS-3 orginal helo.
Best Regards,
Ted Lisbon, AX2 HS-3 Aircrewman Veteran
04/29/2007 @ 14:21 [ref: 16347]
 Jim Lawrence
 , WA
I'm a bit puzzeled by the serial number of '60'on the helicopter from HS-3. I was a member of HS-2 from 1962-65. We had '60' at Ream field in Ca. How did this happen? Anybody know?
09/04/2006 @ 18:30 [ref: 14075]
 Rick Schawacker
 , MO
HS-7 is holding a reunion on October 12, 13 & 14,2001 at Quonset Point RI. Any old 1970 to 1972 old shamrocks are invited.
09/08/2001 @ 06:09 [ref: 3136]
 Sacramento, CA
Intersting fact? well maybe: The Sea King SH-3D played its
role in a Video Game. In the begining of the game Resident
Evil Nemesiss, they were used to drop the Umbrella troops
off in the city and later in the game it was shot down by
nemesiss with a rocket launcher. just thought you'd like
to know!
04/21/2000 @ 19:53 [ref: 105]


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