HSS-1 Seabat S-58B or C
(Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw)
Special thanks to the 33 ARC visitors that e-mailed bits and pieces of the following information.
For web sites there are the
following: references during the Vietnam War http://www.scarface-usmc.org/Kingbee.htm
or a photo of a British Wessex http://www.iwm.org.uk/duxford/naval7.htm
and finally this web site which is very good for info on 40 Squadron
Heli Koksijde http://www.sarbelgium.be.tf/
These photos were taken by Michel Poutnikov at the Brussels (Belgium) museum.
Photo descriptions were provided by Marc Brouyere and Jan C. Teipel
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general view of
the chopper, showing the Sea Blue fuselage with
dayglo areas and also shows the wide air inlets for the radial engine (top of the nose), the grids below on the side of the fuselage are for air circulation
|close-up of the winch used on SAR missions for light loads (people), the H-34 has another heavy duty winch hook under its belly.||The
winch and the cargo door, you can see two of the three gravity feed (AFAIK) refueling points inside the red circles on the lower side, the wedge shape above and behind the sliding side door has the side (in this case blue-green) navigation light at the pointed back-end, similar on the aircrafts other side.
|is another view of the nose; the air-cooled engine was located in the nose and shows the exhaust (the fat short tube with the red protective cover) and the retractable landing light in the "dent" in front of it. It is interesting to see, that the left landing gears upper strut does not have the two wedge shapes (steps?) that the right side has. Behind the orange nose on the bellys centerline is a recessed cooling grid (motor oil?) in the shape of a very stubby, short legged and fat capital T|