Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican

This model is a version of S-61 H-3

c/n 61-636

Year 1969 to 1972

Helicopter Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican Serial 61-636 Register 1474 used by US Coast Guard. Built 1969. Aircraft history


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US Albert Whitted ( 1971 )
1971 at CGAS St. Petersburg, Albert Whitted Field
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w/o 16dec72 crashed into Gulf of Mexico, W of Sarasota, FL while responding to distress call from a sinking fishing vessel. 4 crew killed, plus four crewmen rescued from the sinking fishing vessel
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Cmdr. Paul Lewis was at the stick. Flew with him in San Diego on the H3's. Best damn pilot and ex academy guy who would have become commandant. Huge loss of a qualified pilot and bird. Likely a tailrotor failure they said.

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