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Military Aircraft-US Coast Guard: Aerospatiale HH-65 Dolphin (Dauphine), Images by Wernher Krutein and PHOTOVAULT®

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The United States Coast Guard was in need to replace the HH-52A Sikorsky Sea Guard helicopter with a new modern and efficient helicopter. After searching for the perfect replacement the Uhnited States Coast Guard settled on the Aerospatiale HH-65 Dolphin (Dauphine).The total number of aircrraft procured was 96. The HH-65 has twin engines which gives it a safer margin to work with. If one engine goes out there is enough power left in the other to bring it home safely. It can fly efficiently at 120 knots for three hours though it has a top speed of 160 knots. The HH-65 is not able to perform water landings. Though normally stationed ashore, the HH-65 can land and take-off from 270-foot WMEC and 378-foot WHEC Coast Guard Cutters.

The HH-65 can operate up to 150 miles offshore, and performs standard operations such as SAR (Search and Rescue), drug interdiction, the enforcement of laws and treaties, and marine environmental protection. When the dolphin is stationed on icebreakers, they become the ships scout, looking for thinner ice and easier channels to navigate through.

The HH-65 uses composite materials throughout many parts of the airframe. This makes the Dolphin more resistive to the corrosion forces at work in the marine enviornment it operates in. These composite materials also help make the dolphin lighter. This helicopter weighs in at under 10,000 pounds. The Dolphin has unique features such as a computerized flight management system which integrates state-of-the-art communications and navigation equipment. One of the capabilities this equipment presents is the ability to a stableized a hover 50 feet above a selected object. This automatic flight control system is an important safety feature in darkness or inclement weather. This also allows for automatic search patterns to be flown automaticly, freeing the pilots to put their efforts into the actual search for survivors.

Aerospatiale Helicopter Corporation in Grand Praire, Texas manufactures the Dolphin. Textron Lycoming builds The LTS-101 750B-2 turboshaft engines are built by Textron Lycoming in Williamport, Pennsylvania. The electronics systems are built by Rockwell International-Collins Avionics Group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The HH-65 Dolphin is a beautiful machine to watch fly. Its unique shrouded tail rotor gives it a sleek look and I would say it does resemble its namesake the Dolphin.
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Manufacturer: Aerospatiale
Rotor Diameter: 39' 2"
Height: 13'
Length: 44' 5"
Max Gross Weight: 9,200 pounds
Empty Weight: 6,092 pounds
Number Engines: 2
Propulsion Type: Lycoming LTS-101-750B-2 Gas Turbines
Fuel Capacity: 1,900 pounds
Max Endurance: 3.5 hours
Max Speed: 165 knots
Cruising Speed: 120 knots
Max Range: 300 nautical miles
Range: 150 nautical miles
Service Ceiling (Hover): 7,510 feet above sea level
Number of Pilots: 2
Number Flight Crew: 2
Total Number of Aircraft in the USCG inventory: 94
Cargo Sling Capacity: 2,000 pounds
Rescue Hoist Capacity: 600 pounds

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