Boeing-Vertol CH-46D

This model is a version of 107M H-46 Sea Knight

c/n 2285

Year 1967 to 1980

Helicopter Boeing-Vertol CH-46D Serial 2285 Register 153387 used by US Navy (United States Naval Aviation) US Marine Corps. Built 1967. Aircraft history and location


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US Marine Corps
USN CH-46D BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153387 01May67
xfer HMM-365 20May67
xfer HMM-161 08Nov67
xfer HMM-165 06Sep70
xfer H&MS-36 30Sep70
xfer H&MS-56 COSA 23Apr71
xfer H&MS-16 CRAA 16Jul71
xfer HC-3 21Jul71
further unit xfers unk
xfer HC-11, VR-?? unk
w/o 16Jul80. HMM-161
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US Navy
I believe this a/c was assigned to HC-11 Det 5 onboard the USS Wichita (AOR-1). It crashed in the Indian Ocean just prior to the commencement of vertical replenishment operations
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US Navy
w/o 16jul80 crashed in the Indian Ocean. Assigned to HC-11, Det-5 aboard USS Wichita (AOR-1). Crew of four, one survivor, three fatalities. helicopter lost at sea. HC-11
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US Navy
I was HSL-37 Det.7 pilot attached to USS Davidson HSL-37

notes I was a helicopter pilot US Navy attached to HSL-37 Det 7 attached to USS Davidson. It was approximately 9:45 pm relatively clear night with seas appx. 2-3' and replenishment had already began. I was on deck of the Davidson and observed the crash. The H-46 was making an approach to the Wichita when it was noticed that it's front gear would not lower. I believe it was going to get refueled to finish the replenishment of Davidson. The H-46 was waved off and the Wichita went to get mattresses so H-46 could lower nose on mattresses without damaging the A/C. A/C was on final approach to the deck of Wichita when it flew into the water. A/C crashed within 100 yds of where I was standing on the deck of USS Davidson

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US Navy
I was the crew chief HC-11 Det 5. We had 3 missions that day. A flip of a coin, I took the first 2 hops, and the other crew chief Robert Malvicia, took the night hop.. Some 30 years later, still remember like it was in peace boys. HC-11
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US Navy
I was aboard the USS Constellation (CV-64) and getting out of the Navy on 04aug80. Flew onto the Wichita via H-46 early that day for later transfer to Diego Garcia. Pretty sure I flew in on the same helicopter that went down
as the other H-46 was down for maintenance. Participated in the search and rescue efforts and remembered one survivor that had been in water close to 24 hours

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