Friday, May 6, 2011

CH-3E JOLLY GREEN GIANT Helicopter T Shirt from Zazzle.com

CH-3E JOLLY GREEN GIANT Helicopter T Shirt from Zazzle.com

CH-3E JOLLY GREEN GIANT Helicopter Shirts

Army Navy Vietnam Era Helicopter

H-3 Jolly Green Giant Helicopters

CH-3E is the U.S. Air Force's version of the S-61 amphibious transport helicopter developed for the U.S. Navy. The USAF initially operated six Navy HSS-2 (SH-3A) versions of the S-61 in 1962, eventually designating them CH-3A/Bs. They were so successful the USAF ordered 75 modified versions, designated CH-3C. First flown in June 1963, the CH-3C featured a new rear fuselage design with a ramp for vehicles and other cargo. When 41 CH-3Cs were updated with more powerful engines in 1966, they were re designated CH-3Es, and 45 more were newly manufactured. Later, 50 CH-3Es were modified for combat rescue missions with armor, defensive armament, self-sealing fuel tanks, a rescue hoist and in-flight refueling capability. They were re designated HH-3Es and used extensively in Southeast Asia under the nickname "Jolly Green Giant." The CH-3E on display -- known as Black Mariah -- is a veteran of the Southeast Asia War. In 1965 it was attached to the 20th Helicopter Squadron. Painted flat black (hence the nickname), it was used for highly classified special missions.


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