HAYNES: WESTLAND SEA KING: 1988 onwards


HAYNES: WESTLAND SEA KING: 1988 onwards

Lee Howard     Book Number: 92529    Product format: Hardback

For more than 25 years the Agusta Westland Sea King has been that most welcome of sights around the English coast, providing essential Search and Rescue (SAR) capabilities for those in peril both on land and at sea. The Royal Navy variant - the Sea King HU Mk 5, which is the main focus of this book - is estimated to have saved literally hundreds of lives. In 2015, the licence-built Westland Sea King helicopter entered its final year of UK search and rescue operations but the submarine hunter-killer was originally conceived in the USA at the peak of the Cold War and carved it places in the annals of military aviation history during the Falklands War and Gulf conflict from Iraq to Afghanistan. The only Sea Kings ordered by the UK armed forces configured purely for the search and rescue role are the aircraft operated by the Royal Air Force. The helicopter operated with a crew of four in the search and rescue role: first pilot, second pilot, observer and aircrewman - all of whom had their own responsibilities to help save lives while ensuring their own safety. Aviation historian Lee Howard looks at the history of the helicopter, from the first production of Sea King HAS Mk.1 which flew from Yeovil on 6 May 1969, to the model's service in search and rescue during the Boscastle Floods in 2004. Admire the anatomy of the Sea King and the five main rotor blades on the SH-3D model which were made entirely from metal, spot the 'broom cupboard' which sits immediately behind the first pilot's position and discover detailed photographs of the Gnome engine which was maintained by Rolls Royce engineers. The manual also offers sections called 'The Pilot's View' which offer insight into experiences on the Sea King including Lt. Mark Barber who describes training on a Sea King and learning 'dunking' where the pilot locks the aircraft onto a height while flying and the technology ensures it is held at the height so accurately that the pilots could remove their hands and feet from the controls and watch the aircraft fly itself. There are also small transcripts which list the directives given while flying the Sea King such as folding the main rotor blades: 'Engage the rotor brake./ Obtain from the Marshaller confirmation that the drop and anti-flapping retainers are in the DOWN position.' The book also includes stunning photographs of the helicopter, including all three of HMS Gannet's search and rescue Sea King flights at Prestwick and pressure gauges on the centre instrument panel. 8.4" x 10.9", colour images, 157pp.
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ISBN 9780857335050
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