Sikorsky HO4S-3


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



c/n 55-498


Year 1953






Helicopter Sikorsky HO4S-3 Serial 55-498 Register 133751 A5 WV223 ZS-HDM used by US Navy (United States Naval Aviation) Suid-Afrikaanse Lugmag (South African Air Force) Fleet Air Arm (Royal Navy) Autair Helicopters. Built 1953. Aircraft history



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usa 133751
US Navy
Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-498, ff:?
acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 21Jul53
del USN as HO4S-3, 133751, 22Jul53.
united kingdom WV223
Fleet Air Arm
Sikorsky Whirlwind HAS.22
MAP to UK/Royal Navy as Whirlwind HAS.22 WV223, Ex BuAer 133751, d/d 26Sep53
sold 19Nov70, to South Africa as ZS-HDM, restored as A5 with SANMMH, w/o 02May95
stored Swartkop, South Africa.
united kingdom WV223
Fleet Air Arm
705Sq/702-GJ Dec 1953
united kingdom WV223
Fleet Air Arm
EG Port Said ( 06-nov-56 )
Operation Musketeer
845Sq/O by Sep 1955, 845Sq/U Sep 1956 (replacing WV200), Suez assault 6 Nov 1956.
united kingdom WV223
Fleet Air Arm
728Sq C Flt/621 by Mar 1958
737Sq/781 by Apr 1960 still 1961
781Sq/(827) by Mar 1962, still Apr 1966 (soc 1969 ?)
south africa ZS-HDM
Autair Helicopters
to Autair Pty, SA. c Jun 1971
south africa A5
Suid-Afrikaanse Lugmag
ZA AFB Swartkop Exhibit ( 1987 )
1987 preserved airworthy at SAAF Museum


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