Aircraft Data Sheet

for HSS-1 Bu. No. 143939

 

 First flown on September 20, 1954, the HSS-1 (SH-34G) was delivered to a number of Navy anti-submarine squadrons, starting in August 1955 with HS-3.  Since the load-carrying ability of the HSS-1 was still somewhat limited, these helicopters operated either as hunters, with dipping ASDIC as the primary search aid, or as killers carrying homing torpedoes externally on the fuselage.  Paired hunter/killer operations were possible, but it was more usual for the HSS-1s to search and to call upon destroyers to make the attack when a target was located.  For night operations, Sikorsky developed the HSS-1N (SH-34J), incorporating Sikorsky automatic stabilization equipment, Ryan AN/APN-97 Doppler navigation equipment and an automatic hover coupler.  Production of these Navy versions totaled 350, including 135 of the HSS-1N model.  After being replaced in service by the SH-3As, many Seabats were stripped of ASW gear and used in the utility role as UH-34G and UH-34J.  Others were built for the Mutual Aid Program
(source: United States Navy Aircraft since 1911 by Gordon Swanborough and Peter Bowers)

This aircraft's Bu. No. falls within a block of numbers that indicate this aircraft began service as an HSS-1 and was later converted to  UH-34J configuration as indicated above.  It will be restored and exhibited on the Midway as an HSS-1 Seabat.

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Photo by Phil Kovaric.

Photo by Phil Kovaric.

Photo by David Hanson.

Photo by Jim Compagnon

Photo by Jim Compagnon

Photo by Frank Warren.

Photo by David Hanson.

Photo by Frank Warren.

Remarks: This aircraft became a USS Midway Museum exhibit exhibit on 26 May 2006.

Bu No 143939 Assignment Record

Assignment record not yet available.

Date of manufacture: Unknown 

Manufacturer: Sikorsky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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