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Sikorsky HH-3F 'Pelican'

Description
Notes: Modified version of af CH-3E.
  Manufacturer:Sikorsky


  Base model:H-3
  Designation:HH-3
  Version:F
  Nickname:Pelican
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Helicopter
  Modified Mission:Search and Rescue
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Specifications
Not Yet Available

Known serial numbers
158847 / 158858

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
Florida Military Aviation MuseumClearwaterFlorida
Historic Aircraft Restoration ProjectsBrooklynNew York
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona

HH-3F on display

Historic Aircraft Restoration Projects

National Museum of Naval Aviation

Pima Air & Space Museum
  


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Mike Jendrossek LCDR, USCG (ret)
 Odenton, MD
I was the ASMC at CGAS San Diego 1980-82; flew with Bob Lowry and many more. I was also on the 1481 when we lost the tail rotor blade 12/1/1981. Wild to say the least.
11/27/2013 @ 03:51 [ref: 68189]
 Bob Lowry
 San Diego, CA
Hi Gary, Knew and flew with your Dad a Great guy and a Great Pilot. Stood many a duty day with him. We landed on the ramp once with the brakes set and flew back up the same way we came in. It was interesting to say the least.
06/15/2013 @ 06:59 [ref: 67888]
 Gary Elliott
 , VA
Any readers out there stationed in San Diego 76-82 or Annette Island 74-76?
My dad (LCDR Ron Elliott) flew HH-3s at both places and I would've done the same except for a small vision thing.
Anyways, He put alot hours in that bird and it always got him and his crew home.
Gary Elliott, Maj, USAF (Ret)
06/10/2013 @ 08:03 [ref: 67875]
 Michael Corpe
 Ocala, FL
Also: Worked in H-3 Shop, Metal Shop, CC, and Maint. Control (I was the Pubs Guy) before going to Miami with Danny Dodson. I came back to Clearwater in '86 as a reserve until being 'retired' in '94. I was working in Morale and watched the last H-3 fly away in '93...can't say I didn't shed a tear. Got to watch my son pilot a Herc over Wiamea Bay a month ago...and shed another tear. Fourth generation. Proud to have flown with you guys.


05/02/2013 @ 10:24 [ref: 67785]
 Michael Corpe
 Ocala, FL
Had to the pleasure to be a Flight Mech on the H-3 from '77 to '83 at Clearwater and remember a lot of the names here; especially remember getting my ass chewed by most of them. Some damn good pilots. Until you reach into the broom closet and start moving shit! Remember going into the Helo Shop the first time and seeing the ceiling decorated with screwdrivers. Distinctly remember the "this is a drill" and tell the story often. Went to Miami and then came back as a reserve deeply disappointed that they wouldn't let us fly as qualified mechs. About to join the Aux. and try to get up in the air again. If any body remembers me running around with my two sons in the '80s & '90s; my oldest boy is NOW a LT & flying Herc's at Barbers Point. They sure do things a lot different now! God Bless 'em all!

05/02/2013 @ 10:14 [ref: 67784]
 Michael Corpe
 Ocala, FL
Had to the pleasure to be a Flight Mech on the H-3 from '77 to '83 at Clearwater and remember a lot of the names here; especially remember getting my ass chewed by most of them. Some damn good pilots. Until you reach into the broom closet and start moving shit! Remember going into the Helo Shop the first time and seeing the ceiling decorated with screwdrivers. Distinctly remember the "this is a drill" and tell the story often. Went to Miami and then came back as a reserve deeply disappointed that they wouldn't let us fly as qualified mechs. About to join the Aux. and try to get up in the air again. If any body remembers me running around with my two sons in the '80s & '90s; my oldest boy is not a LT & flying Herc's at Barbers Point. They sure do things a lot different now! God Bless 'em all!
05/02/2013 @ 10:03 [ref: 67783]
 BOB LOWRY ADC USCG ret.
 San Diego, CA
Hi Skip, Or should I say Master Chief, I guess I did train you well. Great to know your still kicking. You listed alot of Great Guys. Here are afew more for your consideration. Rick Wilhite, Sal Mazza, Willie Williams, Jim Loveless, Al Cooper, Granny Turner, John Head, CWO Bob Frates, LCDR McDonald, LCDR Bill Minor and the Infamous Lt. Malcolm Smith. Renowned writer of "I never liked those C-130s anyway." In which he cronicles the adventures and morale mishaps at Albert Whitted. A special call out to Chuck Briggs, "This is a drill, this is a drill," on the P.A. system as he depress the trigger on his drill motor. We worked hard, played hard, and didn't sweat the small stuff. Great Pilots, Great Crews and sturdy Sikorsky HH-3F's. Hey why are you living so far inland, your a Coastie my friend, and Eternal Shipmate. Bob Lowry
08/06/2012 @ 11:28 [ref: 65042]
 Floyd \"Skip\" Cook AMTCM(ret)
 Loudonville, OH
They just do not make an aircraft like the H-3 anymore. Had the privilege to fly them in Clearwater, Kodiak, and Mobile. They H-3 has carried me as far south as Samana Cay to as far north as Barrow. Had one bad night in the gulf of Mexico in one, but survived to talk about it and the same aircraft was rebuilt and flying again. It, 1481, was retired out of Kodiak when the H60 came online. The H60 has its positive attributes, but could never replace the H-3 in capability or dependability. I have flown in the back of Hercs, Falcons, and Dolphins as well. The Pelican will always be my favorite. The crews back then are also great memories as well. Pilots like Dan Sherer, Paul Resnick, Mike Vance, Chuck Rogers, Scott Olin, Dave Gunderson, and Tom Walters. Crews like Bob Lowry, Bob Kries, "Dusty" Rhodes, Paul Young (who literally taught me everything I knew about the H-3), Ron Phillips, Steve Roe, and Sam Crockett. I cannot name them all but the memories just flood back when I see the pictures. I great website. Keep it up. Hey Bob Lowry, nice to see you are still around. Working the flight line with you in St. Pete and Clearwater was a riot.
08/06/2012 @ 05:45 [ref: 65040]
 Ralph Kautz ATC (ret)
 Knoxville, TN
My first Airstation in the Coast Guard was at St.Petersburg Fla.Albert Witted Field in 1971.I flew the HH3F's as a Avionicsman/Hoist Operator.I was on board 1476 wnen we ditched off Fort Myeres.Went to Barbers Point CGAS in 1974 HC130B's.Returned to Brooklyn NY CGAS HH52A's in 1977,Due to family medical problems was transfered to CGAS Cape Cod the end of 1977,Just before Christmas.Rejoined HH3F Comunity and never left again.Flew out of CGAS Cape Cod until 1983 Transfered to ATC Mobile,HH3F Aircrew,Transfered to AR&SC 1987 Avionics Development Section,Flew on AR&SC HH3F assigned as flying test bed.Retired in 1989.The Aircraft never let me down.Only ha one other incedent in the HH3F.Put onre in to a Farm Road near the Resevoir in Mobile due to leaking Rotor Head.Loved that bird and my friends who flew and Maitained them with me.When we pass the Bar I hope we will land our HH3f on FiddlersGreen and renrew our freindships here.Semper Paratus,ATC Ralph D Kautz USCG Ret.
08/06/2012 @ 05:12 [ref: 65034]
 AD1 Mike Dioguardi
 Oviedo, FL
Flew the Pelican from 1976 through 1990 (with a hiatus in recruiting and C-130s, please forgive me!). When treated well handled right this was a pretty decent aircraft. During my time with it I heard about 3 crashes. I know for sure that one was induced by crew fatigue. Otherwise, my time in the craft was quite the ennervating experience. I flew one aircraft from Kodiak to E-City picked another up and flew it back, 31 days en route! Another aircraft I was on set a buoy to mark wreck near Dillingham, AK. My very first flight as a qualified flight mechanic was just over 10 hours flight time (we were stationed in Clearwater at the time). We flew out of Clearwater with a full bag of fuel. Somewhere way out in the gulf off of Key West. We landed at NAS Key West to refuel and went back to Clearwater. Extremely fulfulling flight, saving some young girl's life, but also extremely beat when we got home! Great times, great crew and a great aircraft!
08/06/2012 @ 03:22 [ref: 65024]

 

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