Artifact Pick of the Week: Sikorsky UH-3H Sea King
The Sikorsky Sea King was developed for the U.S. Navy and was utilized for its ability to track and destroy submarines. With a folding tail and rotor blades, the Sea King could operate from destroyers and aircraft carriers to protect a fleet. It also featured a “dipping” sonar to listen for submarines or torpedoes. The helicopter’s hull was akin to that of a boat, meaning that it could float on water. This function proved helpful for search and rescue work. Sea Kings also transported astronauts after spaceflights in the 1960s and 70s and served the President of the United States as Marine One.
The Sea King located in the Evergreen Space Museum served the U.S. Navy. It is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation.