Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA33402: SH-3D Sea King of HS-4 US Navy, aboard carrier USS Hornet, Pacific Ocean 1969, and Apollo Capsule. This outstanding Apollo Recovery Set includes a metal diorama Ocean base. A truly sought after and hard to source item.
Initially designated HSS-2, the Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King was designed as an anti-submarine helicopter for the US Navy and first flew on 11th March 1959. It has a watertight hull and outrigged floats for stability on the water, into which the main wheels of the undercarriage retract. Deliveries began in September 1961 and large numbers are still in service on board U.S. aircraft carriers. The Sikorsky/Sea King helicopter has played a vital role in the American space programme and No.66 of Helicopter Squadron 4, operating from the USS Hornet aircraft carrier, has become the most famous and most photographed of all helicopters – seen thoughout the world on television broadcasts. These included the first moon landing of Apollo 11 and this model displays the markings carried at that time, when it picked up Neil Armstrong, ‘Buzz’ Aldrin and Michael Collins from the space capsule after it splashed down in the Pacific.
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King
Designed to meet a US Navy requirement for an all-weather amphibious helicopter, the Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King first flew on March 11, 1959. Originally a submarine hunter-killer, the Sea King has since been used in a variety of operations, from search and rescue, executive transport and communications to anti-ship and airborne early warning. Its five main rotor blades and tail section fold for stowage aboard aircraft carriers, and its hull can remain temporarily watertight for water landings-a risky maneuver attempted only in emergencies. When deployed by aircraft carriers, Sea Kings serve as plane guard and are the first in the air and the last to return.