Some aircraft fulfill their missions so well that they seem to last almost forever. The Sikorsky S61/H3 Sea King helicopter, the prototype of which made its first flight way back in 1959, appears on its way to achieving this “never die” status.
Sikorsky and Pennsylvania-based Carson Helicopters, Inc. have launched an exclusive joint upgrade program.
…The deputy Marine commandant for programs and resources, Lt.Gen John Castellaw, told our sister publication, Defense Daily, the measure being considered include “Carson blades.” Carson helicopter developed those composite blades, made by Ducommun Aero-structures, to boost performance of its firefighting H-3 Sea Kings. The blades help boost the H-3′s payload 2,500-lb. and its airspeed 15kt…
For anyone who’s watched Frank Carson over the last few years, you’ve probably realized he’s been building a 21st Century helicopter, piece by piece. “I think the Sikorsky S-61 is the best helicopter ever made,” said Carson. “It’s fast, smooth, has a large cabin and is very reliable. It would be nice if Sikorsky would build a new version.”
The 11th annual Sea King Symposium was buzzing with excitement over several significant announcements and the appearance of a newly retrofitted Sikorsky S-61 owned by Carson Helicopters and containing a newly installed Sagem Avioncis glass cockpit