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FEATURE D HELICOPTER
US NAVY RETIRES
SEA KING
By: U.S. Navy Resources
The last operational UH-3H Sea King Navy history.”
helicopter was retired from the U.S. Navy This Sea King will continue to serve
last month, during a ceremony ending 50 the nation as it is turned over to Marine
years of service by the Sea King. Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) for
Capt. Andrew Macyko, Patuxent River use as a training and test asset for the
Commanding Officer and former Sea Presidential VH-3D fleet, added Macyko.
King pilot and squadron commander, The first Sea King prototype flew on
presided over the ceremony. Mar. 11, 1959. The last operational Sea
“This ceremony is for all the maintain- King, tail number 154121, was manufac-
ers, the support people and crews who tured in 1986 and flew 10,166.2 hours over
flew the mighty Sea King over the the course of its lifetime. Its final opera-
decades,” said Macyko. “The Sea King tional missions were flying Search and
was a pleasure to fly and was the longest Rescue and other utility missions in sup-
serving operational helicopter model in port of flight test programs at Pax River.
30 ROTORCRAFT PROFESSIONAL • January 2010
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