Aircraft Data Sheet
for SH-3 Bu. No.149711
|Based on experience with the HSS-1 helicopters operating in anti-submarine hunter/killer pairs, the US Navy contracted on December 24, 1957 for development of a new helicopter in which the two roles could be combined. The ability to carry both search equipment and 840 lb of weapons, as well as instrumentation for all-weather operations, meant that a considerably larger helicopter was needed than the S-58 series already in use. A watertight hull design was used since most of the operational life would be spent over water, and stabilizing floats provided a convenient housing for the retractable wheels, making this helo a true amphibian. |
(source: United States Navy Aircraft since 1911 by Gordon Swanborough and Peter Bowers)
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|Remarks: This aircraft became an exhibit on USS Midway Museum on 7 December 2004.|
Bu No 149711 Assignment Record
Date of manufacture: Unknown
Assignment record not yet available.
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