The Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King flew for the first time fifty-five years ago today. A twin-engined anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and utility maritime helicopter, the SH-3 formed the backbone of the Navy’s ASW helicopter force from 1961 until 2006. The Sea King featured a voluminous main cabin which could accommodate dipping sonar and radar and a rugged fuselage that incorporated a watertight hull. The main landing gear retracted into stabilizing floats which allowed the SH-3 to land on water, giving it true amphibious capability. Sea Kings were used for recovering astronauts while other variants were modified for search and rescue and VIP transport. The SH-60 Seahawk has since replaced the SH-3 in US service but many other nations still operate the Sea King.
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