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 and location







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For 1474 see also:
        212 c/n 31286
    1960 se3130 c/n 1474

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usa US Coast Guard

1971AKSPG at CGAS St. Petersburg, Albert Whitted Field Coast Guard Air Station St. Petersburg
1972-12-16w/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
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. Coast Guard Air Station San Diego




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