A derivative of the world’s first truly amphibious helicopter, the Sikorsky HH-52A entered service with the US Coast Guard in 1962, and remained in service until 1989. The first turbine-powered helicopter operated by the USCG, the HH-52 could land and take off from the water. It had a boat-shaped hull and even carried an anchor.
Credited with saving over 15,000 lives, the HH-52A was small enough to be deployed from USCG cutters, but was designed to carry a crew of three and up to ten rescuees. It carried a record 12 rescuees, along with the crew, during the Burmah Agate maritime disaster in 1979.
VTOL type: Helicopter
Lift configuration: Single main rotor
Dedicated control device: Tail rotor
Crew required: 3
Crew seating: Side-by-side
Landing gear: Wheels (some retractable)
Overall Height: 4.87 m (16.0 ft)
Overall Length: 18.97 m (62.3 ft)
Overall Width: 15.85 m (52.0 ft)
Max Gross Weight (ground): 3765 kg (8300 lb)
Max Range: 741 km (400 nm)