Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sikorsky HH-3

HH-3 on display at the National Museum of the US Air Force.


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.

Leave No Man Behind: The Saga of Combat Search and Rescue

1/72 scale HH-3E Jolly Green Giant kit

1/100 scale HH-3 paper model

 Crash site of HH-3E 65-12781


H-3 Bibliography

Photo: Close-up shot of an HH-3E launching from Iceland. Flight International 7 January 1989 p.26-27


Books
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.
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