HH-65 Dolphin

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




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