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Walkaround Sikorsky SH-3/ S-61 Seaking (>5x)

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The Sikorsky SH-3 was developed by the famous Igor Sikorsky company in the USA. The  type was the winner of a 1957 United States Navy development contract for an amphibious antisubmarine warfare (ASW) helicopter capable of detecting and attacking submarines combining the Hunter-Killer missions in one aircraft. The helicopter which was the was viewed by the world when it picked up the first American moon astronauts from the sea in 1969. Many helicopters were also used for civil operations with off shore, transport, and much more. So more than 1100 were build. It was also built with license by Westland in the U.K, Agusta in Italy and by Mitsubishi in Japan. The Westland made helicopters had other systems and were known as Seaking.


S-61N KLM HELICOPTERS N.V

This helicopter was used for off shore operations by KLM HELICOPTERS, a subsidiary of KLM. It was photographed in The Netherlands in the nineteen-eighties and nineteen seventies.

Photographed seventies, by Marcel Bouman (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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Also Fred Bachofner has provided several photo's

Photographed seventies, by Fred Bachofner (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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S-61N CHC

This helicopter photographed at De Kooy airport, Den Helder is a civil helicopter used for Off-Shore transport duties. Dutch registration PH-NZD of CHC company, a worldwide helicopter operator.

Photographed June 2010, by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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S-61 RESCUE

The S-61 was also used widely by the Military all over the world. It was known at various names and also the Sikorsky S-61 was license built by Westland Helicopters U.K. Many S-61 choppers were delivered to both Royal Navy, Royal Air Force RESCUE and Royal Army.

Here a RAF RESCUE S-61 is seen in a yellow livery.

Photographed nineteen-eighties, by Fred Bachofner (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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SH-3H

This Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King is coded 160172/NT-66 with serial c/n 61128. It has been painted with the "66" and "68" on the other side as Seakings that were used in the Apollo Moon program for capsule recovery in the Pacific. (But this actual aircraft has another origin). Seen at the USS Midway carrier museum, San Diego.

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

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Westland Seaking HU.5

This Seaking with registration ZA137 and Code 20 is used by the Royal Navy. Seen at Gilze Rijen AFB , June 2014

Photographed by Meindert de Vreeze,  (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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Seaking mk.48 Belgian Armed Forces
 
This Seaking mk.48 code RS-01 (Rescue 01), WA832 flew with the air force component of the Belgian armed forces. This helicopter was operational end 1975 till end 2008. It is on display at the Brussels air museum at the Jubelpark in Brussel.

Photographed 2016 by Meindert de Vreeze,  (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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OFFICIAL USAF COLOUR INFORMATION H-3
from USAF handbook Technical order TO 1-1-4. Collection M. de Vreeze (used with permission)
Standard System colour numbers refer to the Federal Standard system with 5 digit numbered colours. Deviations on real aircraft may occur.

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Several scale models exist of the SH-3 and S-61 Very early kits were issued at often odd scales and the well known Airfix S-61 in 1/72 used within the Apollo Moon program. Later, more accurate plastic scale models were issued, like the 1/72 scale Revell and Fujimi models and in 1/48 also a good model by Revell. Several versions exist of the real S-61, and for a "longer" S-61N as used by many offshore companies, a conversion set e.g WhirlyBird resin is required.

No 1/32 scale model is known.

 

This walk around page was first created January 2012 by M. de Vreeze

 

 

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