Sikorsky S-61B (HSS-2)

 

Developed in 1959, commonly known as the HSS-2 under U.S. Navy service in ASW; later it was designated SH-3A Sea King.  The amphibious helicopter has automatic blade folding, can operate in all weather conditions and can fulfill a hunter-killer role.

 

 

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Overview
Parent type Sikorsky S-61/H-3
Variant *No Variant assigned
Design authority Sikorsky Aircraft Div., United Aircraft and Transport Corporation
Primary manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft Div., United Aircraft and Transport Corporation
Key Characteristics
Operational status No longer flying
Max gross weight (ground)   316 8,185 kg 18,045 lb
Crew 2
Seating arrangement Side-by-side
Configuration
VTOL type Helicopter
Compound type None
Lift configuration Single main rotor
Control device type Tail rotor
Features
Number of engines 2
Number of propulsors 0
Number of lift devices 1
Number of control devices 1
Milestones associated with the Sikorsky S-61B (HSS-2)
1959 First flight of the Sikorsky S-61

Sikorsky S-61B (HSS-2)

 

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Sikorsky S-61B (HSS-2)

 

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Private Operators Unknown
United States Navy No longer flying

Sikorsky S-61B (HSS-2)

 

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Aircraft Notes

Ref. Author(s) Title Source Date Type
309 Jane's Information Group Limited Jane's Helicopter Markets and Systems 2003 Book
316 Paul Lambermont, Anthony Pirie Helicopters & Autogyros of the World 1959 Book
319 Vinny Devine S-47 | S-47/R-4 Helicopter Sikorsky Archives | Product History Sep 19, 2017 Website
  Very thorugh description and details of the R-4 series helicopter
327 Sikorsky Archives, Jim Bohan, Vinny Devine, Tom Lawrence Sikorsky Archives | S-61 DECEMBER 18, 2013 Website
148 Devine, V S-62 (HH-52A, S-62A, S-62B, S-62C) Igor Sikorsky Historical Archives, Sikorsky Product History 14 Jun 2015 Website
  Comprehensive history of the design and development of the model