The United States Coast Guard has added 96 short range HH-65A
helicopters to its fleet to replace the HH-52A Sikorsky Sea
Guard. The twin-engine Dolphins operate up to 150 miles
off shore and will fly comfortably at 120 knots for three hours.
Though normally stationed ashore,
the Dolphins can be carried on board medium and high endurance
Coast Guard Cutters. They assist in the missions of search and
rescue, enforcement of laws and treaties, including drug
interdiction, polar ice breaking, marine environmental
protection including pollution control, and military readiness.
Helicopters stationed aboard icebreakers are the ship's eyes to
find thinner and more navigable ice channels. They also airlift
supplies to ships and to villages isolated by winter.
The HH-65A minimum equipment
requirements exceed anything previously packaged into one
helicopter weighing in at less than 10,000 pounds. HH-65As are
made of corrosion-resistant, composite-structure materials. The
shrouded tail rotor is unique to the Dolphin. Also a unique
feature of the Dolphin is its computerized flight management
system which integrates state-of-the-art communications and
navigation equipment. This system provides automatic flight
control. At the pilot's direction, the system will bring the
aircraft to a stable hover 50 feet above a selected object. This
is an important safety feature in darkness or inclement weather.
Selected search patterns can be flown automatically, freeing the
pilot and copilot to concentrate on sighting the search object.
|HH-65A Dolphin - US
Standard Series. 1/32nd scale. 15.75" rotor spread x
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