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  • Sikorsky S-61 H-3
    united kingdom HM Coastguard

    Del'd: 8 - 1983 to 2008


    • HM Coastguard S-61 H-3
    • HM Coastguard S-61 H-3S-61 stored at Norwich, June 2014

    S-61N Mk2 operated on behalf of HMCG by Bristow Helicopters in Scotland and on the south coast of England.
    Bristow had previously had SAR experience with the S-61N when it started a private SAR service around the North Sea hydrocarbon fields in Feb 1978 for BP. Its first involvement with HM Coastguard was when it took over contract SAR cover for the Shetland Islands based at Sumburgh (EGPB) in Dec 1983, from British Airways Helicopters. These two airframes operate as Rescue 117 and Rescue 118.
    SAR operations expanded with Bristow in May 1987, when the Hebrides contract was let. Up to two airframes (one is on standby) are based at Stornoway (EGPO) and operate as Rescue 119 and Rescue 120.
    Bristow's third S-61N contract with HMCG was taken on in Jun 1988 from a 202 Squadron Sea King HAR.3 detatchment at Lee-on-Solent (EGUS). When on SAROPS it uses callsigns in the range Rescue 174 to Rescue 176.
    When the Royal Navy's plans to withdraw from RNAS Portland (EGDP) emerged, it would leave a gap in SAR coverage. Bristow's fourth SAR contract was for a single helicopter to be based at Portland. On operations, it is Rescue 172 or Rescue 173.

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    Sikorsky Honors HM Coastguard, 18-Jul-18 : FIA 2018 Sikorsky celebrated 35 years of partnership with the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). HM Coastguard began using the S-61 in 1983. Nowadays flies 12 S-92

    Sikorsky and Bristow Embark on New SAR Era, 03-Mar-15 : Heli-Expo 2015 Sikorsky today recognized Bristow Helicopters Ltd.’s upcoming launch of the U.K. search and rescue (SAR) contract and the company’s dedication to SAR over the past 40 years.


    YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
    1995/08Portland DistrictPortland Heliport
    1988/08Solent District Lee-on-Solent
    1987/07Stornoway District Stornoway
    1983/08Shetland District Sumburgh

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    C/NModBuiltID     In this OrgIn other Org

    61-712 s61n.mk2 1973     G-BBHL: HM Coastguard, owned and maintained by Bristow; based Storn+
    Bristow G-BBHL: Bristow Nov73-Sep08, Sikorsky serial N4032S

    Carson Helicopters N364HH: Carson Oct08-Nov10

    EP Aviation N364HH: EP Aviation Nov10-Jul16

    EP Aviation N817AR: EP Aviation Jul16-Mar19

    Construction Helicopters Inc N817AR: Construction Helicopters Inc at Howell, MI Mar/Dec 2019

    Construction Helicopters Inc N712HG: Construction Helicopters Inc at Howell, MI from Jan20
    61-713 s61n.mk2 1973     G-BBHM: HM Coastguard, op by Bristow; 2002 based at Portland on the +
    Sikorsky Helicopters N4033S: Manufacturer test serial; exported to UK Nov 1973

    Bristow G-BBHM: Bristow Dec73-Dec91, Sikorsky serial N4033S; lsd Maldiv+

    noted at Aberdeen EGPD

    Bristow May93-, w/o 15jul02

    Aberdeen to Dhaka, Bangladesh

    - 8Q-HUM: Maldives Islands Dec91-May93, rtn Bristow
    61-718 s61n.mk2 1973     G-BBVA: HM Coastguard operated by Bristow
    Bristow G-BBVA: Bristow Feb74-Sep08, to N364FH

    EP Aviation N364FH: EP Aviation Apr10-May19

    Construction Helicopters Inc N364FH: Construction Helicopters Inc at Howell, MI May/Dec 19

    Construction Helicopters Inc N718HG: Construction Helicopters Inc at Howell, MI from Jan20
    61-737 s61n.mk2 1974     G-BCLC: HM Coastguard, op by Bristow; based at Sumburgh in the She+
    Bristow G-BCLC: Bristow Jan75-Jan08, for HM Coastguard

    noted at Aberdeen EGPD

    Sky Cats Puma Corp N502SC: Sky Cats Puma Corp Mar08-Mar14; conv to S-61 Short

    04jun11 pictured near Yorkville, Illinois

    Construction Helicopters Inc N502SC: Heligroup 502 Llc at Missoula, MT from Mar14; CHI Aviat+
    61-751 s61n.mk2 1975     G-BDIJ: HM Coastguard, op by Bristow; pictured; based at Lee-on-So+
    Bristow G-BDIJ: Bristow Oct75-May83, to Malaysia

    Bristow Malaysia 9M-AYF: Bristow Malaysia May83-Jun84, back to G-BDIJ

    US Department of State N436LC: State Dept from Oct10, rereg N751AW

    US Department of State N751AW: Baghdad, Iraq

    seen flying along the coast adjacent to RAF Akrotiri, +

    07jul15 at Coventry City, UK

    12jul16 GSA Auction on sale with N216WW. To be confirm+

    Croman Corp N629CK: Croman Corp from Dec16

    Nov18 undergoing rework at Croman Corp’s White City f+
    61-765 s61n.mk2 1976     G-BDOC: Owned and maintained by Bristow Helicopters on behalf of HM +
    Bristow G-BDOC: Bristow Mar76-Sep10

    in SAR-Meet 2009 at Leeuwarden AB, Netherlands

    US Department of State N426GE: US State Dept Nov11-2016?

    EP Aviation N765AW: EP Aviation Sep16-Jan20

    - N765AW: Clayton International Inc at Peachtree City, GA by Feb2+

    pictured with N493WR and N471WR in storage at Peachtre+

    Feb/Nov 2020 for sale Sikorsky S61N 1976 - Price: $1,20+
    61-752 s61n.mk2 1974     G-BIMU: HM Coastguard, op by Bristow; 24aug97 Main rotor tips damage+
    - VH-CRU: Australia, Sikorsky serial N4024S

    British Caledonian Helicopter G-BIMU: Caledonian Helicopters Jan81-May90

    Bristow G-BIMU: Bristow May90-Oct15

    pictured (pic1) at De Kooy, Netherlands during Heldair+

    rtn to UK after ending Dutch SAR contract. str at Norw+

    pictured (pic2) stored at Norwich airport. Sister G-BP+

    - N7563W: Withrotor Aviation at Lakeview, OR from Apr16
    61-822 s61n.mk2 1979     G-BPWB: HM Coastguard, op by Bristow; asg Portland and carries th+
    Irish Helicopters EI-BHO: Irish Helicopters 1979-1989, all red livery

    Irish Helicopters 1991-1997; Rescue for the Department +

    Bristow G-BPWB: Bristow May89-Feb91

    Bristow May97-Nov15

    pictured at De Kooy, Netherlands during Heldair show

    rtn to UK after ending Dutch SAR contract. str at Norw+

    picture stored at Norwich

    Air Greenland OY-HUF: Airgreenland; Mayor inspection at Nuuk

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