Designation: HH-3F

Sikorsky HH-3F

Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican

A picture of the Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican.

The white and orange helicopters of the U.S. Coast Guard have been a welcome sight along the coasts and waterways of the United States since the 1960’s.  From 1967 to 1994, the HH-3F Pelican served as the primary long-range search and rescue helicopter for the Coast Guard.  The HH-3 was developed by Sikorsky as a private venture from its H-3 Sea King in 1962.  The fuselage was completely redesigned to incorporate a rear cargo ramp.  It was adopted first by the U.S. Air Force and later by the Coast Guard.  Both used the aircraft primarily for search and rescue duties.  The Pelican is basically identical to the U.S. Air Force’s HH-3E, except for the deletion of armor and the aerial refueling probe.  During their service with the Coast Guard, the Pelicans saved more than 23,000 lives and helped over 65,000 more.

Wingspan 62 ft

Rotor Diameter

Length 72 ft 8 in.


Height 16 ft 10 in.


Weight 22,050 lbs (loaded)


Max. Speed 165 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 13,600 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 480 miles


Engines Two General Electric T58-GE-5 with 1,500 horsepower each


Crew 4



United States Coast Guard, Air Station Borinquen, Aguadilla, Pureto Rico, 1984

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