Model, Static, Aerospatiale/Eurocopter HH-65A Dolphin, U.S. Coast Guard

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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Label 1:

Eurocopter HH-65A Dolphin

1/32 Scale

Since 1984, the HH-65 has been the primary short-range search and rescue helicopter for the U.S. Coast Guard. It also supports law enforcement, drug interdiction, and ice-breaking missions. The type originated in France as the Aérospatiale (now EADS) SA.360, which first flew in 1972.

Gift of EADS, Inc.

Label 2:

Eurocopter HH-65A Dolphin (SA.366G Dauphin)

Since 1984, the HH-65 has been the primary short-range search and rescue helicopter for U.S. Coast Guard. The Dolphin also supports law enforcement, drug interdiction, and ice-breaking missions. The type originated in France as the Aérospatiale (now EADS) SA.360 and first flew in 1972. The current SA.366G-2 model features twin engines for safety, emergency pop-out floats, and a winch capable of lifting 272 kg (600 lb). Its avionics package allows the pilot to shoot an approach to a 50-foot hover in zero visibility without touching the controls and features radar that can see out to 193 kilometers (120 miles). The innovative fenestron tail-fan helps to reduce noise levels and is much safer than a conventional tail rotor during operations aboard ship.

Including four trials aircraft, the Coast Guard has accepted 100 HH-65s, which have performed nearly 60,000 search and rescue missions. The Coast Guard originally adopted the high-visibility red color scheme for use in the Arctic, but has now retained it on all Dolphins.

Rotor Diameter: 11.94 m (39 ft 2 in)

Length: 11.63 m (38 ft 2 in)

Height: 3.99 m (13 ft 1 in)

Weight, empty: 2763 kg (6,092 lb)

Weight, gross: 4,037 kg (8,900 lb)

Engine: 2 x Honeywell LTS-101-750B-2 turbines, 680 shp each

Crew: 4 - Pilot, Copilot, Crew Chief, Rescue Swimmer

Manufacturer: Aérospatiale, 1985

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of EADS North America.

Materials

Model is composed of wood, plastic, resin, and paint.

Dimensions

Model: 21.6 x 35.6 x 38.1cm (8 1/2 in. x 14 in. x 15 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

ca. 1998

Physical Description

1/32 scale; painted wood model in orange and white scheme; no undercarriage; black painted wood stand

Type

MODELS-Rotary Wing

Inventory Number

A20030037000

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