Sea King

Photos taken by Burkhard Domke 

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This walkaround contains 20 pictures of German Naval Aviation Sea King Mk.41 in SAR configuration, Marineflieger Sea King Mk.41 in current SAR livery, Royal Air Force Rescue Sea King HAR.3 and  Royal Navy Rescue Sea King HAR.5.  You can find many more of Burkhard's excellent high quality walkaround photos at Burkhard Domke's aircraft walkaround site at http://www.b-domke.de/AviationImages/SeaKing.html 

 

Sea King AEW.2
Royal Navy 849 Sqn, Hamburg, 1988

Main rotor features hydraulic blade folding.

Sea King HAS.5
Royal Navy 849 Squadron, HMS Ark Royal, 1988

Yellowed decals with overly thick carrier film?
Never mind!

Sea King HAR.5  s/n XV-847
Royal Navy 771 Squadron, Farnborough 1988

Even without some demo action like here, the Sea King is always an impressive sight and sound.

Sea King Mk.41 KWS  s/n 89+69
Marineflieger MFG 5, 1992

Leuchtorange RAL 2005, used for high conspicuity, tends to fade into more yellowish shades very quickly. 

 

Sea King Mk.41 KWS  s/n 89+69
Marineflieger MFG 5, 1992

Blade folding and locking is by hydraulic action, as evidenced by a wealth of hydraulic lines and hoses.

Sea King Mk.41 KWS  s/n 89+69
Marineflieger MFG 5, 1992

German Sea Kings were extensively upgraded to give an over-the-horizon ASV capability in a program ending in 1988, evidenced by the installation of a Ferranti Seaspray Mk.3 radar in the nose.

Sea King Mk.41 KWS  s/n 89+69
Marineflieger MFG 5, 1992

The MFG 5 badge is carried on the tailboom.

Sea King Mk.41 KWS  s/n 89+69
Marineflieger MFG 5, 1992

The late Eighties' upgrade program added various sensors and antennae to the aft fuselage.

 

Sea King Mk.41 KWS  s/n 89+69
Marineflieger MFG 5, 1992

Aft fuselage and landing gear detail.

Sea King Mk.41 KWS  s/n 89+69
Marineflieger MFG 5, 1992

The sensor and antenna pattern is different on port and starboard side.
The two empty sockets are part of the Tracor M130 chaff/flare dispenser suite.

Sea King Mk.41 KWS  s/n 89+69
Marineflieger MFG 5, 1992

Rescue hoist close-up.

Sea King Mk.41 KWS  s/n 89+69
Marineflieger MFG 5, 1992

The rectangular section radome containing the Ferranti Seaspray Mk.3 radar is offset to port.

 

Sea King HAR.3  s/n XZ588
RAF 202 Squadron, 1994

In contrast to their Royal Navy companions, Royal Air Force Rescue Sea Kings are painted gloss yellow.

 

Sea King HAR.3  s/n XZ588
RAF 202 Squadron, 1994

Starboard sponson.
Housing the retractable main landing gear, the sponsons also serve as floats.

Sea King HAR.3  s/n XZ588
RAF 202 Squadron, 1994

Tail boom close-up.

Sea King HAR.3  s/n XZ588
RAF 202 Squadron, 1994

Rescue hoist close-up.
Note soot left by engine exhaust.

 

Sea King HAR.3  s/n XZ588
RAF 202 Squadron, 1994

Port sponson.
Grey canvas contains inflatable flotation bag to enhance stability in case of ditching.

Sea King Mk.41 KWS  s/n 89+70
Marineflieger MFG 5, 1996

This is the current livery with Leuchtorange used more sparingly over a three-tone camouflage.

Sea King Mk.41 KWS  s/n 89+70
Marineflieger MFG 5, June 2000

Windshield close-up.

Sea King Mk.41 KWS  s/n 89+70
Marineflieger MFG 5, June 2000

German Sea Kings feature hydraulic blade folding and locking.