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Aerospatiale HH-65C Dolphin Diecast Model

1:48 Scale   Length   Width
Aerospatiale HH-65C Dolphin   11.25"   9.75"

The HH-65 Dolphin is a twin-engined, single main rotor, MEDEVAC-capable, Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter operated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG). It is a variant of the French-built Eurocopter Dauphin. The SA 366 G1 Dauphin version was selected by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in the early 1980s as its new short range recovery (SRR) air-sea rescue helicopter and given the designation HH-65A Dolphin. In total 99 helicopters, optimised for the USCG's search and rescue role tasks, were acquired. In 2002 there were 94 Dolphins in use by the USCG. It replaced the Sikorsky HH-52A Sea Guard. The HH-65 Dolphin is used for homeland security patrols, cargo, drug interdiction, ice breaking, military readiness, pollution control, and search and rescue missions. The HH-65 is known for its Fenestron tail rotor and its autopilot capabilities, which can complete an unaided approach to the water and bring the aircraft into a stable 50 ft hover, or automatically fly search patterns, an ability which allows the crew to engage in other tasks.

In order to comply with U.S. regulations relating to local content (based primarily on the value of individual components of the aircraft), engineering changes were required - notably, the original engines were replaced with Allied-Signal LTS-101-750B-2 power plants. Unfortunately, continued problems developed with this engine, resulting in several in-flight loss-of-power events. The USCG therefore decided that it would replace the Allied-Signal engines with Arriel 2C2 units by Turbomeca. This upgrade began in 2004, and has resulted in a safer and more capable aircraft. These modified HH-65As have been designated as HH-65Cs.

Aerospatiale HH-65C Dolphin

Selected by the United States Coast Guard in 1979 to serve as a short range recovery air-sea resuce helicopter, the HH-65 Dolphin is a variant of the French Dauphin, which first flew in 1975. Today the HH-65 is used in the US for homeland security patrols, military readiness, drug interdiction and search and rescue. During sea missions, the aircraft's autopilot can complete an unassisted approach to the water and stop in a stable 50 ft hover above a pre-determined object, an ability that is crucial for the safety of the crew in darkness or rough weather.

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New Ray Sky Pilot

The New Ray "Sky Pilot" range presents affordable, ready-made diecast models of military and civilian helicopters.

New Ray "Sky Pilot" diecast helicopters feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Opening doors.
  • Spinning main and tail rotors.

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