About the Sikorsky® HH-3E Jolly Green Giant – Combat Search and Rescue Helicopter:
Based off Sikorsky’s CH-3 transport helicopter, the HH-3E was the United States Air Force’s primary combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter of the Vietnam War. Unlike its transport variant, the HH-3E carried armor and armament to protect its crew while recovering downed pilots. Nicknamed the “Jolly Green Giant” because of its green airframe, the HH-3E was additionally outfitted with self-sealing fuel tanks and a rescue hoist. Since it is based on a naval helicopter, the Jolly Green Giant has a water-tight hull so it can land on water. The HH-3E is also the first air-refuellable helicopter. With this addition, its range is limited only by the crew’s endurance. In 1967 for example, an HH-3E set the long-distance record for a helicopter by flying from New York to Paris—Sikorsky’s helicopter only needed two mid-air refuels to complete the task. Other technical notes include a crew of four—pilot, copilot, flight engineer, and gunner—a top speed of 177 mph, capacity for 25 passengers, and two 7.62x51mm M60 machine guns to fend off ground fire.
The Jolly Green Giant performed CSAR operations all over Southeast Asia. Its unique camo pattern and silhouette appeared as angels to the downed pilots it was sent to rescue. Its operational history is impressive and contains one Medal of Honor, 24 Air Force Crosses, and more than 190 Silver Stars.
Crew: Four (pilot, copilot, flight mechanic/engineer and gunner)
Armament: Two 7.62mm M60 machine guns
Engine: Two General Electric T58-GE-5 engines of 1,500 hp each
Maximum speed: 177 mph
Cargo: 25 passengers or 15 litters and two attendants
Additional information about this Brickmania® custom building kit:
This massive build finally brings the long-awaited Jolly Green Giant to the Brickmania arsenal! Play features include a detailed interior with brick-built stretchers, deployable rescue winch, and opening side and rear door, functional landing gear, door mounted BrickArms, spinning rotors, and a crew of five custom minifigs. Printed details include cockpit controls, intake warnings, rotor blade details, and more. Also featured is a high-quality sticker sheet for additional cross-element details.
Designed by George Hicks
5x custom minifigs
Custom printed elements
High-quality sticker sheet
Full-color printed building instructions
1/35th scale to match other Brickmania kits
Advanced Skill Level (6-8 years building experience recommended)
SIKORSKY® associated emblems and logos, and body designs of vehicles are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in the USA and/or other jurisdictions, used under license by Brickmania, LLC.
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