Sikorsky HO4S-3

This model is a version of S-55 H-19

c/n 55-475

Year 1953

Helicopter Sikorsky HO4S-3 Serial 55-475 Register 133743 WV203 ZS-HDO used by US Navy (United States Naval Aviation) Fleet Air Arm (Royal Navy). Built 1953. Aircraft history


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usa 133743
US Navy
Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-475, ff:?
acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Jun53
del USN as HO4S-3, 133743, 07Jul53.
united kingdom WV203
Fleet Air Arm
Sikorsky Whirlwind HAS.22
MAP to UK/Royal Navy as WV203, Ex BuAer 133743, f/f 10Jun53, d/d 26Sep53
sold 19Nov70, to South Africa as ZS-HDO, stored Swartkop, South Africa.
united kingdom WV203
Fleet Air Arm
706Sq by Nov 1953
845Sq/V by Apr 1954
RAE Farnborough by Apr 1956
united kingdom WV203
Fleet Air Arm
EG Port Said ( 06-nov-56 )
Operation Musketeer
845Sq/V by Jun 1956, Suez assault 6 Nov 1956
united kingdom WV203
Fleet Air Arm
Lee-on-Solent by Sep 1957
728 Sq C Flt/623 by Feb 1968
NARIU by Sep 1958
Fleetlands Oct 1959
737Sq/782 Jun 1960
Fleetlands Oct 1961
SAR Flt Hal Far/961 by May 1962
Westland Weston-super-Mare (conv to VIP) Oct 1966
Fleetlands store Dec 1966
Aircraft Retired / Not available by 1970
ZA AFB Swartkop Exhibit ( 1979 )
sold to Autair 19 Nov 1970 to ZS-HDO
pres. SAAF Museum, Swartkop (nr Pretoria) South Africa by 1979, still 2008, still present Feb 2012

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