SIKORSKY H-3 SEA KING

SEA KING SERVICE

Manufacturer: Sikorsky Aircraft Division, United Aircraft Corp., Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
(In 1975, became Sikorsky Aircraft Division, United Technologies Corp.,
Stratford, Connecticut, USA)
Model: S-61
Designations: H-3 (CH-3, SH-3); HR3S, HSS, CH-124 (CAF)
Names: Sea King; Jolly Green Giant (HH-3E), Payloader (S-61A),
Pelican (HH-3F), Commando (Westland non-amphibious version)
First official flight: (YHSS-2) 11/03/1959
Factory production period: 1958 - 1980
1967 - 1997 (Foreign built)
Primary service period: 1961 - 1995
Last official flight: (SH-3H) 27/01/2006 (US Navy)
(VH-3D) Still in service

SEA KING VARIANTS

1959 Model S-61B XHSS-2 (SH-3A) 10  
1959 Model S-61B HSS-2 (SH-3A) 245  
1962 Model S-61B CHSS-2 (CH-124) 41  
1962 Model S-61B HSS-2Z (VH-3A) 8 Total: 0304
         
1962 Model S-61A CH-3B 3 Total: 0003
         
1966 Model S-61D YSH-3D 1  
1966 Model S-61D SH-3D 90  
1975 Model S-61D VH-3D 11 Total: 0102
         
1963 Model S-61R CH-3C 80  
1966 Model S-61R CH-3E 45  
1967 Model S-61R HH-3E 8  
1968 Model S-61R HH-3F 40 Total: 0173
         
1962 Model S-61A/B/D/R S-61 Series 73 Total: 0073
         
1960 Model S-61L S-61L 13  
1962 Model S-61A S-61A 1  
1962 Model S-61N S-61N 123  
1965 Model S-61V S-61V 1 Total: 0138

Grand Total: 0793

1969 Foreign built - England:
Model WS-61
Sea King Series 245  
1973 Model WS-61 Commando Series 83 Total: 0328
1969 Foreign built - Italy:
Model AS-61
AS-61 Series 128 Total: 0128
1962 Foreign built - Japan:
Model S-61
S-61A Series 185 Total: 0185

Grand Total: 0641

GRAND TOTAL: 1434

SEA KING PRODUCTION

Military Helicopters

XHSS-2
Prototype twin-engined, 5-bladed rotor,
ASW / SAR amphibious helicopter for
US Navy. 2 (BuNo. 147141, 147145),
later upgraded to HSS-2Z.
Redesignated as YHSS-2 during tests.
Redesignated as SH-3A in 1962.
Produced 1958 - 1959

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (S)

BuNo.147137 / 147146 61-001 / 61-010 10 Total: 0010

HSS-2
As YHSS-2, engine upgrade,
various improvements for US Navy.
2 later upgraded to SH-3D.
Redesignated as SH-3A in 1962.
Produced 1959 - 1966

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (S)

BuNo.148033 / 148052 61-011 / 61-030    
BuNo.148964 / 149012 mixed 61-036 to 61-087    
BuNo.149679 / 149738 mixed 61-088 to 61-162    
BuNo.149893 / 149934 mixed 61-158 to 61-211    
BuNo.150618 / 150620 61-212, 61-214, 61-215    
BuNo.151522 / 151557 mixed 61-217 to 61-293    
BuNo.152104 / 152138 mixed 61-294 to 61-339 245 Total: 0245
3 additional airframes cancelled.

CHSS-2
As HSS-2, version for RCN.
Redesignated as CH-124 in 1968
with new CAF s/n: 12401 / 12441.
Produced 1962 - 1967

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (S)

(RCN) 4001 / 4004 mixed 61-179 to 61-202 4  

Foreign assembled - Canada:
United Aircraft of Canada Ltd.,
Longueuil, Quebec, Canada

(RCN) 4005 / 4041 mixed 61-207 to 61-384 37 Total: 0041

HSS-2Z
As HSS-2, USMC / US Army VIP helicopters.
2 SH-3A also upgraded to this standard.
1 (BuNo. 150614), later upgraded to VH-3D
standard. Redesignated as VH-3A in 1962.
Produced 1962

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (S)

BuNo.150610 / 150617 mixed 61-086 to 61-123 8 Total: 0008

CH-3B
As HSS-2, general purpose version
for USAF, engine upgrade.
Produced 1962

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

62-12574 / 62-12576 61-145, 61-152, 61-161 3 Total: 0003

(Model S-61R) HR3S-1 - Proposed development for USMC, cancelled.
                                            Design later led to the CH-3C.

YSH-3D
As SH-3A, prototype with engine /
avionics upgrade for US Navy.
Produced 1966

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

BuNo.152139 61-309 1 Total: 0001

SH-3D
As YSH-3D, production version for US Navy.
2 SH-3A also upgraded to this standard.
Produced 1966 - 1980

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

BuNo.152690 / 152713 mixed 61-341 to 61-379    
BuNo.153532 / 153537
- 6 to Spain as HS.9, HS.9-01,
-03, -05, -06 and Z.9-2, -4.
mixed 61-355 to 61-375    
BuNo.154100 / 154123 mixed 61-386 to 61-423    
BuNo.156483 / 156506 61-429 / 61-452    
BuNo.158724, 158725
- 2 to Spain as HS.9, HS.9-07, -08.
61-499, 61-701    
BuNo.159053 / 159056
- 4 to Spain as HS.9, HS.9-09,
-11, -12 and Z.9-10.
61-707 / 61-710    
BuNo.161207 / 161212
- 6 to Spain as HS.9, HS.9-13 / -18.
61-838 / 61-843 90 Total: 0090
6 additional airframes cancelled.

VH-3D
As SH-3D, USMC VIP helicopters.
1 VH-3A also upgraded to this
standard as NVH-3A.
Produced 1974 - 1975

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

BuNo.159350 / 159360 61-724 / 61-734 11 Total: 0011

CH-3C
As SH-3A, long-range transport,
redesigned non-amphibious fuselage,
rear loading ramp for USAF. 17 later
upgraded to CH-3E and 14 to HH-3E.
Produced 1963 - 1967

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

62-12577 / 62-12582 61-502 / 61-507    
63-9676 / 63-9691 61-508 / 61-523    
64-14221 / 64-14237 61-524 / 61-540    
65-5690 / 65-5700 61-541 / 61-551    
65-12777 / 65-12800 61-552 / 61-575    
66-13291 / 66-13293 61-590 / 61-592    
66-13294 / 66-13296 61-594 / 61-596 80 Total: 0080

CH-3E
As CH-3C, engine upgrade for USAF.
34 later upgraded to HH-3E.
Produced

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

66-13285 / 66-13287 61-583 / 61-585    
66-13288 / 66-13290 61-587 / 61-589    
67-14702 / 67-14725 61-604 / 61-627    
69-5798 / 69-5812 61-642 / 61-656 45 Total: 0045

HH-3E Jolly Green Giant
As CH-3E, armed SAR version, crew
armour, refuelling probe for USAF. 14
CH-3C and 34 CH-3E also upgraded
to this standard.
Produced

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

66-13278 / 66-13284 61-576 / 61-582    
68-8282 61-628 8 Total: 0008

HH-3F Pelican
As HH-3E, USCG version with
amphibious waterproof fuselage,
nose radome.
Produced 1968 - 1973

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

(USCG) 1430, 1431 61-586, 61-593    
(USCG) 1432 / 1438 61-597 / 61-603    
(USCG) 1467 / 1479 61-629 / 61-641    
(USCG) 1480 / 1497 61-657 / 61-674 40 Total: 0040

S-61 Series
Military export version.
Produced 1962 - 1978

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut

S-61A-1
1964, export version for Denmark.

(Denmark) U-240 61-240    
(Denmark) U-275 / U-281 61-275 / 61-281 8  

S-61A-4 Nuri
1967, export version for Malaysia. Named
"Nuri", the Malay word for "Parrot". Survivors
reserialled in 1982 as M23-01 / M23-38.

(Malaysia) FM1140 / FM1155 mixed 61-408 to 61-494    
(Malaysia) FM1716 61-723    
(Malaysia) FM1717 / FM1742 61-780 / 61-805 43  


S-61A-4 s/n: M23-33, was 1 of 43 such helicopters ordered
for the RMAF from 1967. These were later complimented by two
Agusta built AS-61N-1 helicopters for VIP duties. The Malaysian
Sea Kings are named "Nuri", a Malay word meaning "Parrot".
Sungai Besi AFB, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2000.

S-61A-5
1970, export version for Denmark.

(Denmark) U-481 61-481 1  

S-61B-2
1962, kitsets for Mitsubishi production.

N/A 61-194, 61-204, 61-209 3  

S-61D-1
1967, export version for UK. First
as S-61L, last 3 as HAS.Mk. 1 with
British engines / avionics.

(RN) XV370 / XV373 61-393 / 61-396 4  

S-61D-2
1968, export version for Agusta production.
Assigned Agusta c/n: 6000.

(Italy) MM5003N 61-385 1  

S-61D-3
1970, export version for Brazil.

(Brazil) N-3007 / N-3012 mixed 61-477 to 61-706 6  

S-61D-4
1972, export version for Argentina.

(Argentina) 0675 / 0678 61-495 / 61-498    
(Argentina) 0696 61-779 5  

S-61R-10
1963, demonstrators with rear cargo door,
developed as USAF C / HH-3. Second to
Argentina AF in 1975 as an SAR version.

N664Y (civil reg.) 61-501    
(Argentina) BSH-72 61-763 2 Total: 0073

Civil Helicopters

S-61L
As SH-3A, non-amphibious civil version.
Designated Mk. II with engine upgrade.
Produced 1959 - 1972

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut

civil reg. mixed 61-031 to 61-454 13 Total: 0013

S-61A Payloader
Civil cargo transport demonstrator.
Produced 1962

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut

N318Y (civil reg.) 61-094 1 Total: 0001

S-61N
As S-61L, amphibious civil version.
Designated Mk. II with engine upgrade.
2 assembled in Japan as JA9506 (c/n:
M61-001) and JA9507 (c/n: M61-003).
Produced 1962 - 1980

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut

civil reg. mixed 61-143 to 61-827 123 Total: 0123

S-61V-1
Civil demonstrator.
Produced 1965

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut

N10047 (civil reg.) 61-271 1 Total: 0001

 

Grand Total: 0793

Foreign built - England:
Sea King / Commando Series
Licence built military version of the
SH-3D, British engines / avionics.
Sea King is the amphibious version.
Commando is the non-amphibious version
with fixed undercarriage.
Produced 1968 - 1997

Westland Helicopters Ltd., Yeovil,
Somerset, England

Sea King HAS.Mk. 1
1969, Royal Navy ASW version.

(RN) XV642 / XV677 WA630 / WA665    
(RN) XV695 / XV714 WA666 / WA685 56  

Sea King HAS.Mk. 2
1976, RN ASW version, engine upgrade.

(RN) XZ570 / XZ582 WA838 / WA850    
(RN) XZ915 / XZ922 WA875 / WA882 21  

Sea King HAR.Mk. 3
1977, RAF SAR version.

(RAF) XZ585 / XZ599 WA851 / WA865    
(RAF) ZA105 WA886    
(RAF) ZE368 / ZE370 WA947 / WA949 19  

Sea King HAR.Mk. 3A
1995, RAF SAR version, avionics upgrade.

(RAF) ZH540 / ZH545 WA1006 / WA1011 6  

Commando HC.Mk. 4
1979, Royal Marines transport.
Also known as the Sea King HC.Mk. 4.

(RM) ZA290 / ZA299  WA904 / WA913    
(RM) ZA310 / ZA314 WA914 / WA918    
(RM) ZD476 / ZD480 WA931 / WA935    
(RM) ZD625 / ZD627 WA936 / WA938    
(RM) ZE425 / ZE428 WA952 / WA955    
(RM) ZF115 / ZF124 mixed WA960 to WA974    
(RM) ZG820 / ZG822 WA1001 / WA1003 40  

Commando Mk. 4X
1982, R&D test helicopters, dorsal radome.

ZB506, ZB507 WA927, WA928    
ZG829 WA996 3  

Sea King HAS.Mk. 5
1980, Royal Navy ASW version, dorsal radome.

(RN) ZA126 / ZA137  WA887 / WA898    
(RN) ZA166 / ZA170 WA899 / WA903    
(RN) ZD630 / ZD637 WA939 / WA946    
(RN) ZE418 / ZE422 mixed WA956 to WA961 30  

Sea King HAS.Mk. 6
1989, Royal Navy ASW version, avionics upgrade.
69 also upgraded from previous marks.

(RN) ZG816 / ZG819  WA997 / WA1000    
(RN) ZG875 WA1004 5  

Sea King Mk. 41
1973, HAS.Mk. 1 SAR version for West Germany.

(W. Germany) 89+50, 89+51 WA744, WA745    
(W. Germany) 89+52 / 89+71 WA756 / WA775    
(W. Germany) 89+61
- Replacement aircraft, first crashed pre-delivery.
WA830 23  

Sea King Mk. 42
1970, HAS.Mk. 1 version for India.

(India) IN501 / IN506 WA733 / WA738    
(India) IN507 / IN512 WA776 / WA781 12  

Sea King Mk. 42A
1980, Mk. 42 version for India, engine upgrade.

(India) IN551, IN552 WA883, WA885    
(India) IN553 WA884 3  

Sea King Mk. 42B
1985, Mk. 42A version for India, hot-climate mods.

ZF526, ZF527
- ZF527 (IN514) crashed before delivery.
WA950, WA951    
ZG601 / ZG618
- ZG602 replacement for IN514.
mixed WA972 to WA994    
ZG980 WA995 21  
20 delivered as:
(India) IN513 / IN531, IN533

Sea King Mk. 42C
1986, Mk. 42B transport version for India.

(India) IN555 / IN560 mixed WA965 to WA977 6  

Sea King Mk. 43
1972, HAS.Mk. 1 version for Norway.

(Norway) 060, 062 WA746, WA747    
(Norway) 066, 068 WA748, WA749    
(Norway) 069 / 074 WA750 / WA755 10  

Sea King Mk. 43A
1978, Mk. 43 version for Norway, engine upgrade.

(Norway) 189 WA874 1  

Sea King Mk. 43B
1995, Mk. 43 version for Norway.

ZH566
(Norway) 322
WA1005    
ZJ162, ZJ163
(Norway) 329, 330
WA1012, WA1013 3  

Sea King Mk. 45
1974, HAS.Mk. 1 version for Pakistan. RAF s/n: ZE421
later delivered as Mk. 45A, 4516 (ZG935).

(Pakistan) 4510 / 4515 WA797 / WA802 6  

Sea King Mk. 47
1975, Mk. 42 version for Egypt.

(Egypt) 771 / 776 mixed WA822 to WA827 6  

Sea King Mk. 48
1975, Mk. 41 version for Belgium.

(Belgium) RS01 / RS05 WA831 / WA835 5  

Sea King Mk. 50
1974, Mk. 47 version for Australia.

(Australia) mixed N16-098 to N16-125 WA787 / WA796 10  

Sea King Mk. 50A
1983, Mk. 50 version for Australia, minor improvements.

(Australia) N16-238, N16-239 WA929, WA930 2  

Commando Mk. 1
1973, HAS. Mk. 1 transport version for Egypt.

(Egypt) 261 WA786    
(Egypt) 262 / 265 WA782 / WA785 5  

Commando Mk. 2
1974, Mk. 1 larger transport version for Egypt.

(Egypt) 721 / 724 mixed WA803 to WA808    
(Egypt) 727 / 739 WA809 / WA821 17  

Commando Mk. 2A
1975, Mk. 2 transport version for Qatar.

(Qatar) QA-20, QA-21 WA828, WA837    
(Qatar) QA-22 WA836 3  

Commando Mk. 2B
1975, Mk. 2 VIP version for Egypt.

(Egypt) 725, 726
- 725 was RAF s/n: XZ741.
WA805, WA807 2  

Commando Mk. 2C
1975, Mk. 2 VIP version for Qatar.

(Qatar) QA-23 WA829 1  

Commando Mk. 2E
1978, Mk. 2 ECM version for Egypt.

(Egypt) 740 / 742 WA869, WA867, WA868    
(Egypt) 744 WA866 4  

Commando Mk. 3
1982, Mk. 42B armed, multi-role version for Qatar.

(Qatar) QA-30 / QA-37 WA919 / WA926 8 Total: 0328

Foreign built - Italy:
Model AS-61 Series
Italian licence built military version.
Produced 1968 - 1992

(Agusta-Sikorsky)
Costruzioni Aeronautiche Giovanni Agusta SpA,
Gallarate, Italy

Model AS-61D-3 / -4 (ASH-3D)
1969, licence built VIP version of SH-3D.

(Italy) MM5004N / MM5026N 6001 / 6023 23  
(Peru) HA-430 / HA-433 6036 / 6039    
(Peru) HA-490, HA-491 ? 6  
Argentina) 0796, 0797 6051, 6052 2  
Brazil) N-3013 / N-3016 6053 / 6056 4  
(Iran) 8-2301 / 8-2320 ? 20  

Model AS-61D (SH-3H)
Licence built version of the SH-3H.

(Italy) MM81183 / MM81187 6040 / 6044    
(Italy) MM81111 / MM81116 6045 / 6050    
(Italy) MM81200 6068 12  
Argentina) 0796, 0797 6061, 6062 2  
4 to Peru ? 4  

Model AS-61A-4
1975, transport version for Venezuela.

(Venezuela) 8437 / 8440 6057 / 6060 4  

Model AS-61D (ASH-3D/TS)
SH-3D VIP version.

(Italy) MM80972, MM80973 6101, 6102 2  
(Iraq) YI-001 / YI-006 ? 6  
(Iran) 6-9294, 6-9295 ? 2  
(Saudi Arabia) 121 / 123 ? 3  
1 to Libya ? 1  

Model AS-61R (HH-3F)
1977, HH-3F SAR version.

(Italy) MM80974 / MM80993 6201 / 6220    
(Italy) MM81337 / MM81351 6221 / 6235 35  

Model AS-61N-1 Silver
1992, military export version for
Malaysia, also designated AS-61NS.

(Malaysia) M39-01, M39-02 6401, 6402 2 Total: 0128

Foreign built - Japan:
Model S-61 Series
Japanese licence built military version
for the JMSDF. Japanese engines and
avionics.
Produced 1962 - 1990

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.,
Nagoya, Japan

HSS-2 (SH-3A)
1962, SH-3A version for ASW duties.

(JMSDF) 8001 M61-002    
(JMSDF) 8002 / 8055 mixed M61-004 to M61-059 55  

Model S-61A
1962, SAR duties.

(JMSDF) 8101, 8182 M61-008, M61-010    
(JMSDF) 8183 M61-071 3  

HSS-2A (SH-3D)
1968, SH-3D version for ASW duties.

(JMSDF) 8056 / 8083 mixed M61-060 to M61-092 28  

Model S-61AH
1968, long range SAR helo.

(JMSDF) 8941 / 8953 mixed M61-072 to M61-151 13  

Model S-61A-1
1968, version on icebreakers.

(JMSDF) 8184, 8185 M61-075, M61-187    
(JMSDF) 8186, 8187
- Converted from HSS-2B
s/n: 8156, 8159.
M61-175, M61-178 4  

HSS-2B (SH-3H)
1974, SH-3H version for ASW duties.

(JMSDF) 8084 / 8155 mixed M61-093 to M61-174    
(JMSDF) 8157, 8158 M61-176, M61-177    
(JMSDF) 8160 / 8167 M61-179 / M61-186 82 Total: 0185

 

Grand Total: 0641

 SEA KING CONVERSIONS

US Navy

YSH-3A 1 XHSS-2(148038), retained for development tests.
HH-3A 12 SH-3A, armed, Vietnam SAR conversions, engine upgrade.
NH-3A 1 Model S-61F
SH-3A(148033), 1965, prototype with modified fuselage, twin jet-pak,
stub wings and 6-bladed rotor. Tested by US Navy and US Army.
RH-3A 9 SH-3A, 1965, Vietnam mine counter-measures (MCM) conversions.
UH-3A 2 SH-3A, utility conversions.
NVH-3D 1 VH-3D, permanent conversion for tests.
SH-3G 105 SH-3A / SH-3D, 1970, utility conversions, extra fuel, no ASW equipment.
SH-3H 163 SH-3A / SH-3D / SH-3G, 1971-2006, major ASW avionics upgrade.
(USH-3H) 38 29 SH-3A / 9 SH-3D, 1992, utility conversions to SH-3H standard.
(YSH-3J) 2 SH-3H, prototypes with ASW equipment for the SH-60B.

USAF

CH-3A 3 Model S-61A
SH-3A, 1962, re-supply helicopters to remote radar outposts.
Assigned s/n: 62-12571 / 62-12573. Later redesignated as CH-3B.
GCH-3C 1 CH-3C, ground instructional conversion.
JCH-3C 1 CH-3C, temporary conversion for tests for the CH-3E.
HH-3C 12 CH-3C, rescue / recovery conversions.
JCH-3E 10 CH-3C, temporary conversions for tests with the US Army.
LCH-3E 2 CH-3C, conversions for cold weather duties.
QCH-3E - CH-3E, 1991, proposed drone conversions, cancelled.
GHH-3E 5 CH-3E, ground instructional conversions.
JHH-3E 9 4 CH-3C / 5 CH-3E, temporary conversions for tests with the US Army.
MH-3E 1+ CH-3E, Special Forces multi-mission conversions.
VH-3E 1+ CH-3E, VIP conversions.

Foreign Conversions

CH-124A 41 CH-124, avionics / search radar upgrade for CAF.
(CH-124B) 6 CH-124A, avionics upgrade.
(CH-124B-2) 6 CH-124B, avionics upgrade.
(CH-124C) 1 CH-124B-2, test conversion, also designated as CH-124(OT&E).
Sea King HAS.Mk. 2(AEW) 8 HAS.Mk. 2, 1982, radar upgrade for Royal Navy.
8 later upgraded to HAS.Mk. 5 standard.
Sea King AEW.Mk. 2A 10 HAS.Mk. 2, major electronic equipment upgrade for Royal Navy.
10 later upgraded to HAS.Mk. 5 standard.
Sea King HAS.Mk. 2A 48 HAS.Mk. 1, upgrades to HAS.Mk. 2 standard for Royal Navy.
35 later upgraded to HAS.Mk. 5 standard.
Sea King AEW.Mk. 5 3 HAS.Mk. 5, major electronic equipment upgrade for Royal Navy.
Sea King HAR.Mk. 5 4 HAS.Mk. 5, 1987, Royal Navy transfers to the RAF for SAR duties.
Sea King ASaC.Mk. 7 13 HAS.Mk. 5 / 6, 2002-present, AEW avionics upgrades.

FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - H-3 Sea King in military service with Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil,
   Canada, Denmark, Egypt, England, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan,
   Libya, Malaysia, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain,
   Tunisia, Venezuela and West Germany.
 - Many surplus military Sea Kings sold on the civil market as police, cargo,
   passenger helicopters etc.

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