Boeing/Vertol HH-46A 'Sea Knight'

Notes: CH-6A and UH-46A modified with AN/APN-182 doppler radar, external personnel rescue hoist, and crash resistant fuel system.
  Base model:H-46
  Nickname:Sea Knight
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Helicopter
  Modified Mission:Search and Rescue
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  Length: 84' 25.6 m
  Height:16' 8.5" 5.0 m
  Wingspan: 50' 0" 15.2 m
  Wingarea: 3,926.0 sq ft 364.7 sq m
  Empty Weight: 12,406 lb 5,626 kg
  Max Weight: 21,400 lb 9,705 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: General Electric T58-GE-8B
  Horsepower (each): 1250

  Range: 230 miles 370 km
  Cruise Speed: 151 mph 243 km/h 131 kt
  Max Speed: 155 mph 249 km/h 134 kt
  Climb: 1,440 ft/min 438 m/min
  Ceiling: 14,000 ft 4,267 m

Operators (Past and Present)
USN HC-6 Norfolk VA
USN HC-11 NAS North Island CA


Recent comments by our visitors
 Joe Hawkins
 , WA
C. L. Munson, 153408 (c/n 2247) was withdrawn from use and broken up at NADEP Cherry Point in April of 1992.
01/25/2014 @ 14:29 [ref: 68318]
 Bruce Barron
 Columbus, OH
I flew the HH-46 at HC-16 from 81-85 where Jack taught me how to be a Crewman. I was even in a crash of Foxfire 404 in the 1984, off of the USS Lexington. I flew the hh-46 and UH-1N until 85 when we transistion to the H-3. I went back to the 46 in 87-91 at Point Mugu and also flew Bloodhound 8. I later went back to the 46 at HC-5 in Guam from 97-2000 when I retired. I love the 46. Of all the airframes I ahve flown from fix wing to rotary wing the 46 was by far the greatest of them all. I had the best times flying the 46. And even as I still work in the aviation industry I dream of those days flying Starbord D, doing Vert rep and Drone recoveries and of coure all of the SAR missions. As I work in coporte america today I can't help but to remember what a great life it was to fly those Phrogs.
03/31/2009 @ 10:41 [ref: 24053]
 Jack G. Stiteley
 Corpus Christi, TX
The picture of the H-46 VERTREPing (BUNO 152499) was assigned to NAS Meridian in the mid 70's. I was Crew Chief on that aircraft when we experienced an in-flight de-sync of the main rotor system. It was a slip of 2 teeth on the fwd. tranny input pinion gear that caused the de-sync. To my knowledge, we were the only crew to survive a de-sync and land the aircraft in one piece. That aircraft later crashed at sea in the mid 80's, killing both Naval Aircrewmen and injuring both pilots.
07/10/2008 @ 12:11 [ref: 21817]
 Robert Craft
 Marion, KS
I was a Crew Chief on the HH46A models at Cherry Point NC from 1976-1979. We had 2 Pedro's when I arrived which were #150963 & 150964. We later aquired a 3rd which I believe was 151948. At that time we were designated as Station Operations & Engeneering Squadron. We were housed in a ready room at the base of the tower with the launch pad just outside. Shifts were typically 24hrs on and 48 hrs off. All maintenance was performed across the tarmack in the squadron hanger. I will never forget and fondly recall those days and the crews/Pilots I served with on the HH46A models.

11/06/2007 @ 07:51 [ref: 18421]
 Ron Paschal
 San Diego, CA
When I see a 46 I'm flooded with the 20 years of memories of flights. from the west pac's to being stationed in the Philippines. It's a great aircraft with a great group of people whom I flew with. I love hearing that sound when they fly over my house.
09/30/2007 @ 19:21 [ref: 18063]
 Mike Gendreau
 San Diego, CA
I flew the Phrogs from 1993- 2004 as a crewchief and rescue swimmer in HC-11, HC-3 and again HC-11. What a great aircraft. I was sorry to see it leave. The 60 is no match for the Phrog.
03/14/2007 @ 10:22 [ref: 15887]
 Dale Carter
 Martin, MI
I crewed in the 46 at Point Mugu from mid 1977 to early 1981. Since my fellow crewmen Jeff Pitt and Charlie Munson have already described our mission with the 46, I'll just say it was some of the best times in my life. Now twenty six years later working in the Aerospace industry and occasionally I'm still playing with the 46...some birds are timeless.
02/22/2007 @ 16:01 [ref: 15624]
 C. L. Munson
 San Antonio, TX
I crewchiefed 46's at Pt.Mugu from 75 - 78. I know Jeff Pitt very well. We trusted our lives to each other for over three years. We had many medivacs, target drone recoveries and even a few SARs. and we had a few of those butt clinching moments too. But the old 46 always brought us home. My bird was Blood Hound 08 (BH-08) BUNO. 153408 If any one out there knows how she ended up please let me know. And Jeff (Rock) if your still out there, I still love you like a brother.
10/16/2006 @ 09:27 [ref: 14472]
 Steve (Willy) Wilson
 Marietta, GA
I was a Wetcrewman that went through the precursor to the Naval Aircrewman School in Pensacola. Served at HC-16 when it still had the T on it's designation. 1975-1979. Nearly a 1000 hrs in 3 1/2 years of flying. I made crewchief, maintenance test crewman, CDI before leaving the Navy. Loved flying in that big old rocking chair. As with most 46's there were a few butt clinching moments but more I'd still love to be doing what I did almost 30 years ago.
10/15/2006 @ 13:54 [ref: 14466]
 Cherry Point, NC
I was wondering if anyone had any information on the follwing aircraft buno numbers:
These are currently the Phrogs I am working and flying on with the Search and Rescue squadron at Cherry Point. Come Oct, we are trading one in for our first Echo model 46. These are the last 3 Delta models the Marine Corps uses and I hate to see them go. They are good birds and I know they have seen alot in their life.
01/22/2006 @ 15:29 [ref: 12233]


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