The HH-3s were the first “Jolly Green Giants” in Southeast Asia, operating deep into North Vietnam to grab downed American pilots before they could be captured. The Jolly Grrens were fitted with refueling probes to extended their endurance, and had a half ton or armor installed as protection against the often intense ground fire encountered. Other H-3s recovered AQM-34 drones after reconnaissance runs, while black painted examples inserted and extracted special forces operating behind enemy lines.
1/72 scale HH-3E Jolly Green Giant kit
1/100 scale HH-3 paper model
Crash site of HH-3E 65-12781
Photo: Close-up shot of an HH-3E launching from Iceland. Flight International 7 January 1989 p.26-27
Sikorsky H-3 Sea King in Action - Aircraft No. 150 by Al Adcock, Joe Sewell, Robert Harrison and Don Greer
Splashdown: NASA, the Navy, & Space Flight Recovery by Don Blair
David A. Anderton The History of the U.S. Air Force
p.215 color photo of an HH-3E in the overall gray scheme hoisting a BQM-34C Firebee II target drone.