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Walkaround Kaman SH-2 Seasprite (4x)

The Kaman SH-2 Seasprite was designed by the American company Kaman in the late 1960s, primarily as a utility helicopter for the United States Navy. The first versions had a single engine and it could be operated from aft ship decks. Later, it was upgraded and new helicopters were manufactured as SH-2F and used for anti-submarine and anti-surface ship tasks and fitted with two engines, improving reliability and safety. The US NAVY used the type until 2001.

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Seasprite SH-2F

This particular SH-2F helicopter ("serial 161913") was seen on deck of a US NAVY ship during a NATO fleet visit to Amsterdam in 1987.

Photographed 1987 by Marcel Bouman (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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SH-2G

This helicopter SH-2G is a Super Seaprite of the Polish Navy. It is refurbished USN aircraft and was seen during the Texel air show (NL).

Photographed 2012 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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SH-2F

This helicopter is at the Pima Air Museum, Tucson AZ with serial 150155.

Photographed November 2013 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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SH-2F

This Seasprite is at the USS Midway carrier museum, San Diego California with serial 150157 and scheme of  HSL-33 US NAVY. Also a series of photos is seen taken later with engine hatches open.

Photographed November 2013 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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Various plastic scale models are available for the Seasprite. In 1/72, the old Fujimi kit was there but it was inaccurate. Later, Airfix came with a much better kit. In 1/48 scale, Matchbox had a good old model, although it will benefit from adding details. Kitty Hawk released an excellent 1/48 kit in 2013.

 

This walk around page was first created August 2013 by M. de Vreeze

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