Sikorsky CH-3E Sea King - AMC, McClellan, CA
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N 38° 40.475 W 121° 23.485
10S E 639930 N 4281894
Quick Description: Sikorsky CH-3E Sea King s/n 65-5690
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 4/1/2012 8:15:01 PM
Waymark Code: WME49Z
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Sieni
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Long Description:
USAF interest in the S-61 Navy helicopter resulted in the purchase of the first three units for use in servicing radar sites in the Atlantic Ocean, often called 'Texas Towers'. These aircraft were designated as CH-3Bs. The fitting of the 1,500 shp T58-GE-5 engines for the original 1,300 shp units resulted in a redesignation of the craft to CH-3E. Versions equipped with armor-plate, refueling probe and machine gun armament served with the Air-Sea Rescue units in Vietnam, where the aircraft was given the nickname 'Jolly Green Giant'.

USAF s/n 65-5690 was manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft, Bridgeport, CT, and was delivered to the Air Force on 29 October 1965. It was assigned to the 2nd Air Division (PACAF), Tan Son Nhut AFB, Vietnam, in December 1965. It was transferred to the 377th Combat Support Group (PACAF), Tan Son Nhut AFB, in April 1966; to the 20th Helicopter Squadron (PACAF), Tan Son Nhut AFB, in October 1966; to the 14th AF Communications Wing (PACAF), Tan Son Nhut AFB, in December 1966; to Nha Trang AFB, Vietnam, in July 1968; and to the 14th Special Operations Wing (PACAF), Udorn AFB, Thailand, in August 1968. It was modified to CH-3E configuration and assigned to the 56th Special Operations Wing (PACAF), Udorn AFB. In August 1971, it was transferred to the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing (TAC), Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ; to the 432nd Technical Operations Group (TAC); and then to the Military Aircraft Storage Center (AFLC), Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, in January 1979. It was withdrawn and sent to the Air Force Flight Testing Center (AFSC), Edwards AFB, CA, in October 1979; and finally to the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group (ANG), Moffet AFB, CA. It was flown to the 55th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron (MAC), McClellan AFB, CA, on 25 September 1990, and turned over to the museum for display.

Crew: 3
Pax: 25 troops
Power Plant: 2× 1,500 shp GE T58-GE-5 turboshaft engines
- Rotor Diameter: 62' 0"
- Length: 73' 0"
- Height: 18' 1"
- Empty: 12,423 lb
- Maximum: 22,050 lb
- Speed:
- - Max: 164 mph
- - Cruise: mph
- Range: 480 miles
- Ceiling: 13,600 ft
- Climb: 1,310 fpm

Source: aircraft placard
For more info: (visit link)
Type of Aircraft: (make/model): Sikorsky CH-3E Sea King

Tail Number: (S/N): s/n 65-5690

Construction:: original aircraft

Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): Located at Aerospace Museum of California, McClellan, CA

inside / outside: outside

Other Information::
Aerospace Museum of California 3200 Freedom Park Drive McClellan, CA 95652 Phone: 916.643.3192 Tuesday-Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter Sunday. $8.00 Adults $6.00 Senior (65+) $6.00 Youth/Student (13-17) $5.00 Child (6-12) Free Active Military w/ID Free Child 5 & under Free Museum Members

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Photo of aircraft (required - will be interesting to see if the aircraft is ever repainted or progress if being restored)
Photo of serial number (required unless there is not one or it is a replica)
Photo(s) of any artwork on the aircraft (optional but interesting)

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