Sikorsky HH-53B


This model is a version of S-65 H-53



c/n 65-086






Helicopter Sikorsky HH-53B Serial 65-086 Register 66-14431 used by US Air Force. Aircraft history





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US Hill AFB ( 1973 )
1973-74 I was at 1550 ATTW, Hill AFB with this
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Airport 1975 (1974)
1974 in Airport 75 movie

notes In 73-74 I worked on this, became crew chief. Had the night recovery system on it which is the forerunner of the Pave Low series. This is the helicopter that was in the movie Airport 75. There are some interesting facts of the configuration it was in for the movie.The paint scheme is correct stateside grey wiith the exception of RESCUE on the drop tanks. The ramp was removed and weight and balance were off, a test flight proved when trimmed it handled well. An A frame made of angle iron was bolted to the floor and used the left side cargo hoist to raise and lower it,the right side cargo hoist was used to raise and lower first a dummy then a stunt man flying at 170knts above and in front of the 747. At one point the stunt man was 3 ft from the 747 fuselage. The scene in the movie is real the script is bullshit as is the painted hole on the 747. The flight crew made the contraption and formation flying work and should have been given bold upper case underlined and highlighted credit. I miss my helcopter and the flightline and wonder where it is today

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US Kirtland AFB ( 1998 )
1998 Ops loss 551 SOS, Kirtland AFB, NM, no fatalaties. Destroyed by USMC pilot on acceptance check flight after depot maintenance at MCAS Cherry Point, NC. Took off with no oil in intermediate gear box, which subsequently seized up while in a hover


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