UNITED STATES AIR
Rescue Team. A
Jolly Green with an escort of two slow moving, hard hitting sandy A-1s
The Sikorsky CH/HH-3 is based on their
S-61 design, and was first developed for the military by the U.S.
Navy as the SH-3. The first model for the USAF was the CH-3B which was a
modified CH-3C which featured a redesigned rear fuselage incorporating a
loading ramp for small vehicles and cargo. Retractable landing gear was
added and with the addition of the aft ramp the tail wheel was moved
forward and made steerable. The first flight of the CH-3C was on 17 June
1963. Beginning in 1966 all Ch-3C's were modified with the T-58-GE-5
engine which changed their designation to CH-3E and an APU was installed
making the CH-3 self-starting. The CH-3 can carry 25 fully equipped
troops, but it was best known for use in rescue missions in Vietnam where
it gained its nickname the "Jolly Green Giant". Fixed gun mounts
were added to the CH-3.
Span: 62' 0" Rotor
Length: 57' 3"
Height: 18' 1"
Weight, Empty, 13,255 lbs.
Weight, Gross, 22,500 lbs.
Maximum Air Speed: 162 MPH
Service Ceiling: 11,100 feet
Range 465 miles
Armament: Two General Electric 7.63mm M60D machine guns
THE BIO-GRAPHICS OF AND A
TRIBUTE TO A FORGOTTEN WORKHORSE
R. CHRISTOPHER AND J. G. A. SMITH
01 SEPTEMBER 1992