Sikorsky S-61 H-3




The Sikorsky S-61R was a company funded development of their S-61/SH-3 Sea King model. It features a redesigned fuselage with a rear loading ramp, a conventional water-tight hull instead of the S-61s boat-hull, and retractable tricycle landing gear. It first flew in 1963. While still under development, the US Air Force placed an order for the aircraft in lieu of Boeing-Vertol CH-46Bs because Sikorsky could guarantee earlier delivery. The S-61R was designated the CH-3C in Air Force service. As well as the short-lived Texas Tower support, the CH-3Cs were also kept busy in servicing Atlas and Minuteman silo complexes.


Engine: 2 x GE T58-1 1050shp
Capacity: 3
Length: (m)
Height: (m) 5.13
Blades: 5
Rotor diam.: (m) 19
Disc area: (m2)
Weight: (kgs) Empty: 5380     Max: 10000
Speed: (km/h)     Max: 267
Range: (km) 1000
Ceiling: (m) 4480
Rate/Climb: (m/min) 500

List of Operators of Sikorsky CH-3C

From Organisation with model CH-3C
usa US Navy
    S-61 H-3 355 1961/09
usa US Air Force
    S-61 H-3 138 1962/94
usa Carson Helicopters
    S-61 H-3 1973/   
usa Croman Corp
    S-61 H-3 1980/   
tunisia Al Quwwat al Jawwiya al Jamahiriyah At' Tunisia
    S-61 H-3 1992/   

usa Evergreen Helicopters
    S-61 H-3
usa State of California
    S-61 H-3
Construction Numbers on database of CH-3C


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