Aerospatiale HH-65 Dolphin in
usa US Coast Guard







Del'd: 106 - 1984 to present




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The Aerospatiale SA366G1 Dauphin was selected by the United States Coast Guard in 1979 as its new short range recovery (SRR) air-sea rescue helicopter, replacing the Sikorsky HH-52A Sea Guard. In order to comply with american regulations relating to local content, engineering changes were required: most notably the french original Turbomeca Arriel engines were replaced with Lycoming LTS101 powerplants. The Dolphin normally carries a crew of four: pilot, copilot, flight mechanic and rescue swimmer.

1984 : HH-65A Dolphin
2001 : HH-65B Dolphin : first avionics upgrade
2006 : HH-65C Dolphin : re-engined and with new nose
2007 : The HH-65 is re-designated MH-65
2007 : MH-65C Dolphin. Replaced the MH-68A Stingray
2011 : MH-65D Dolphin. 97 aircraft with new avionics upgrade
2013 : MH-65E Dolphin. Glass cockpit similar to MH-60T Jayhawk

Serials: Bought new were 99 HH-65A plus 7 HH-65C
4101-4104 - test aircrafts
4105-4118 - original numbers ( changed later to 65nn )
4119-4123 - cancelled ?
6501-6598 - current ( ex 41nn included )
66nn - airframes received post 2000


Notice in the above video the little fan on the top of the main rotor. It is called the OADS (Omni-directional Air Data System), It spins around and measures differences in air pressure to indicate relative winds. The system was set to be removed in the MH-65D variant as it was extremely maintenance intensive and not very accurate.


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New MH-65 Stands for CGAS Elizabeth City, 12-Sep-17 : S.A.F.E Structure Designs awarded the contract to design, engineer, and manufacture custom maintenance platforms for the US Coast Guard’s fleet of MH-65’s in Elizabeth City, NC

Coast Guard Miami Dolphin Rescued Navy Pilot, 09-Aug-17 : US Coast Guard Miami station’ MH-65D Dolphin helicopter rescued US Navy F-5N ejected pilot 20 nm SE of Key West

USCG HITRON Record 500th Drug Bust, 15-Mar-17 : US Coast Guard’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) has interdicted 500 vessels transporting approx 422 ton of cocaine and 27 ton of marijuana since 2010

USCG MH-65 Dolphins Reachs 1.5 Million Flight Hours, 09-Mar-17 : Heli-Expo 2017 U.S. Coast Guard first air-sea rescue helicopters were delivered in 1984 and expected to remain in service another two decades with planned upgrades

Coast Guard Dolphins Keeping Busy in Hawaii, 17-Feb-17 : U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopters based at Barbers Point Air Station rescued seven people in less than 12 hours

New MH-65 Stands for CGAS Miami, 31-Aug-16 : S.A.F.E. Structure Designs awarded a contract to manufacture “safety first” check stands for the MH-65 fleet located at the US Coast Guard Miami, Florida Air Station

USCG Seasonal Air facilities Muskegon, Waukegan, 26-May-16 : U.S. Coast Guard Air Stations Traverse City and Detroit are scheduled to open their seasonal air facilities for Lake Michigan SAR in Waukegan, Illinois, and Muskegon, Michigan on May 27

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