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.

Overview

Data on design, manufacture and status

Configuration

Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: Tail rotor

Crew required: 2

Crew seating: Side-by-side

Landing gear: Wheels (all retractable)

Overall Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Height: 5.13 m (16.8 ft)

Overall Length: 22.12 m (72.6 ft)

Overall Width: 18.90 m (62.0 ft)

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Total number of engines: 2

Engine designation: GE T58-GE-8 (HH-52) turbine

Engine manufacturer: GE Aviation

Take-off / rated power: 544 kW (730 hp)

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Gross Weight (ground): 8185 kg (18045 lb)

Max Range: 1006 km (543 nm)

Max Endurance: 4.0 hrs (4.0 hrs)

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