Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Sikorsky
Markings
United States Coast Guard, Coast Guard Air Station Houston, Texas, ca. 1985
Designation
HH-52A
Serial Number
USCG 1450

Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard

In 1962, the U.S. Coast Guard selected a version of the civil Sikorsky S-62 amphibian helicopter to serve as its medium-range search and rescue helicopter. The S-62 was the first amphibious helicopter built with a flying boat type hull and was the first turbine-powered helicopter in Coast Guard service. The first HH-52A Seaguards entered service in 1963 with an eventual total of 99 in the Coast Guard. In addition to their service from shore bases the Seaguards also flew from Coast Guard icebreakers. The Seaguard remained in service until 1989 and was credited with saving the lives of over 15,000 people.

Specifications
Wingspan 53 ft
Length 44 ft 6 in
Height 16 ft
Weight 8,300 lbs
Max. Speed 125 mph
Service Ceiling 11,200 ft
Range 474 miles
Engines 1 General Electric T58-GE-8 turbo shaft with 845 hp
Crew 3