• Search and rescue helicopter • Turbine-powered • Overlooked
Conceived in the mid-1950s, the S-62 incorporated several new foaturos. The US Coast Guard was sufficiently interested to purchase the typo as tho HH-52A Seaguard. A singlo T-58 turbine, a relatively spacious fusolage and amphibious capability made tho S-62 an ideal search and rescue helicopter, particularly for coastal areas. It was capable of operating from almost any surface in just about any weather.
4 On land and water
Ono or the prototypes performs a ‘powor-off landing. As an amphibious helicopter, the HH-52 proved ideal in the coastal SAP role.
▼ Northern search and rescue
HH-52s operating from ice-broakors received а bnght orange scheme with a white stripe for greater conspicuity over the frozen sea.
▲ Rig support
First order for the S-62 came from Petroleum Helicopters, which purchased a single oxample for serving large offshore oil rigs located in the Gulf of Mexico.
HH-52s bused at Houston, Texas, frequently practised recovory ot tho NASA Apollo astronauts.
► First night of the Sikorsky S-62 took place on 22 May 19S8.
► A small number of Scaguards wero put on display In musoums after retirement.
Nino oxamptes wore built undor llconco (or service with Jopanose Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF).
► One US Coast Guard machino wa3 used in tho film Airport ’77.
► A civilian S-62B modol was built, but it was not popular on the civil market
In commercial aviation. Sikorsky’s S-62 was overshadowed by other l. cliiopier. v Ihe US Coast Guard liked it entMigli to use the type from 1963 to 1989 for shod – to medium-range rescue work. The ability to land on water, not found in – inv of today’s Coast Guard helicopters, helped the ІІП-52Л Seaguard in its rescue duties Ihe HH-52A also joined the <x him Guard ice patrol operations. llxxtrd powerful ice-breakers. Typical was Operation Deep I a-e/e. the exploration «>f the
Antarctic in 1973. The aim ol this project was to improve icebreaking services, thus assisting the movement of maritime traffic through icy waterways.
Coast Guard pilots anti crewmen were quite fond ot the ІІН-52А – especially its ability to Operate in all weathers. Although most living was conduclcd In mi short* bases Coast Guard crewmen also serviced the HH-52A onboard ship, which often proved to lie.1 demanding task By the time the Iasi examples retired during 1989. HH-52s had
Above: Toward the end of their service lives, HH-S2s were upgraded with Northrop forward – looking infra-red sensors, mounted in a small turret on the nose.
gained distinction for rescuing muiv people Ilian any other helicopter They were replaced by Aerospatiale 1111-65 Dolphins
MH S2A 175 ka.1i |1И аї р k)
«ISUXMkt 212 kauti (1X7 m. p k I
la-2S7S ‘К0ЯМ0НЕ-С 70» kmk (130 m. p h.)
MAXIMUM TAKE-OFF WEIGHT
5715 kg 117,600» I