The HH-65 Dolphin
is a MEDEVAC
-capable short-range recovery (SSR) helicopter
operated by the United States Coast Guard
(USCG). In 2002
there were 94 Dolphins in use by the USCG; it is the replacement for the HH-52A Sikorsky Sea Guard. The HH-65A is not able to perform water landings.
The HH-65 Dolphin is used for cargo, drug interdiction, ice breaking, military readiness, pollution control, and search and rescue missions.
The HH-65 is known for its shrouded tail rotor and its autopilot capabilities; which can bring the aircraft into a hover or pilot it in search patterns, an ability which allows the crew to engage in other tasks.
- Manufacturer: Aerospatiale (Eurocopter)
- Rotor Diameter: 39' 2
- Top Speed: 120 knots
- Height: 13'
- Length: 44' 5"
- Max Gross Weight: 9,200 pounds
- Empty Weight: 6,092 pounds
- Number of Engines: 2
- Propulsion Type: Lycoming LTS-101-750B-2 Gas Turboshafts
- Electronics Manufacturer: Rockwell International, Collins Avionics Group
HH-65 Air Stations
- CGAS Traverse City, Michigan
- CGAS Barbers Point, Hawaii
- CGAS Borinquen, Puerto Rico
- CGAS Atlantic City, New Jersey
- CGAS Corpus Christi, Texas
- CGAS Detroit, Michigan
- CGAS Houston, Texas
- CGAS Humbolt Bay, California
- CGAS Los Angeles, California
- CGAS Miami, Florida
- CGAS/ATC Mobile, Alabama
- CGAS New Orleans, Louisiana
- CGAS North Bend, Oregon
- CGAS San Francisco, California
- CGAS Port Angeles, Washington
- CGAS Savannah, Georgia