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Eurocopter HH-65A Dolphin
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.
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