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Westland Sea King Mk48 Military Helicopter

The Westland Sea King first flew in may 1969 and is a modified licence built Sikorsky S-61 Sea King powered by twin Rolls Royce Gnome engines. Sea Kings have served in various roles including anti-submarine and SAR (Search and Rescue). This extended cabin Westland Sea King Mk48, along with four others, were acquired by the Belgian Defence Air Component in July 1976 for search and rescue operations. This particular example "RS05", it is pictured here in painted in a special colour scheme to commemorate the Belgian Air Force's 25 years of successful Westland Sea King operations.

Westland Sea King Military Helicopter


Westland Sea King Specifications:

  • Crew: Three or four
  • Length: 55 ft 10 in (17.02 m)
  • Rotor diameter: 62 ft 0 in (18.90 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 10 in (5.13 m)
  • Power-plant: Twin 1,465 hp Rolls Royce Gnome H 1400-1T turbo-shaft engines
  • Maximum Speed: 140 mph
  • Range: 920 miles
  • Maximum Weight: 21,454 lb
  • Weapons: four torpedoes or depth charges, Sea Skua, Sea Eagle or Exocet missiles

Sea King Helicopter

Sea King Helicopter


This Sea King HAR3A is operated out of RAF Valley in a search and rescue role, this photograph has been digitally re-mastered from a MOD picture, it therefore contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0


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