Designation: SH-2F

Kaman SH-2F

Kaman SH-2F Seasprite

A picture of the Kaman SH-2F Seasprite

The Seasprite is a light anti-submarine helicopter designed to be operated from smaller warships such as destroyers and frigates.  The original design of the SH-2 dates to 1957 and a Navy requirement for a light utility helicopter.  Kaman won the contract and began producing the HU2K in 1962.  In the late 1960s the Navy began to look for an anti-submarine helicopter that would be small enough to operate from destroyers and frigates.  The Seasprite proved to be perfect for the job and the SH-2D version was introduced.    The most significant upgrades to the design were the addition of a second engine and external weapon mounting points.  The SH-2D entered service in 1971.  By the mid-1980s virtually all the Seasprites built had been upgraded to SH-2F status with further electronic improvements.  The Seasprite was retired from the U.S. Navy in 2001. 

Wingspan 44 ft

Rotor Diameter

Length 52 ft 7 in.

Length

Height 15 ft 6 in.

Height

Weight 13,500 (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 153 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 17,600 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 410 miles

Range

Engines Two General Electric T58-GE-8F turboshaft engines with 1,350 horsepower each

Engines

Crew 3

Crew


Manufacturer
Kaman

Markings
Light Anti-Submarine Helicopter Squadron 31 (HSL-31), Naval Air Station North Island, California

Serial Number
150155

Designation
SH-2F

Pima Air & Space Museum

Creating unlimited horizons in aerospace education through the preservation and presentation of the history of flight.

Charity EIN: 86-6031135

Copyright © 2019
Website by CS Design Studios

Contact Info

520-574-0462

6000 E. Valencia Road Tucson, AZ 85756

Open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Daily Last admittance at 3:00pm