Sikorsky HSS-1 / S-58C

Single engine rescue- and transport helicopter

 

   

Sikorsky (Sud Aviation) HSS-1 Seabat 

     Between 1961 and 1962, five Sikorsky HSS-1 (S-58) helicopters build under license by Sud Aviation in France were acquired by the Belgian Air Force in order to create a Search and Rescue unit (previously equipped with fast rescue ships operating out of Lombardsijde/Nieuwpoort). Two aircraft were temporarily assigned to the Belgian Navy to be used as aerial minesweepers (B-7 and B-8). At the end of their career and after delivery of the Seaking helicopters a number of HSS-1's remained in service as training helicopter.

Sikorsky S-58C

   In 1963 five Sikorsky S-58 helicopters were taken over from the Belgian national carrier Sabena to serve as logistical transport helicopters (Short Range Transport or SRT) for the Nike surface-to-air missile batteries based in Germany. In the Belgian Air Force these aircraft were designated S-58C and two of these former passenger helicopters were equipped with a VIP interiors. All of the S-58C's were withdrawn from use with the arrival of the Westland Seakings in 1976.

Type

HSS-1

C/N

SA145

B-4

Date In

May 1961

Date Out

Dec 1984

History

B-4/OT-ZKD, storage Koksijde

Type

HSS-1

C/N

SA146

B-5

Date In

May 1961

Date Out

Aug 1985

History

B-5/OT-ZKE, accident during autorotation at Koksijde on 29 Aug 1985

Type

HSS-1

C/N

SA181

B-6

Date In

Feb 1962

Date Out

May 1979

History

B-6/OT-ZKF, on display at the Royal Army Museum (WHI), Brussels

Type

HSS-1

C/N

SA184

B-7

Date In

Feb 1962

Date Out

Feb 1978

History

B-7/OT-ZKG, used by the Belgian Navy as minesweeper with anchor incorporated in Belgian roundel. Crashed at St. Idesbald on 07 Jan 1976 due to engine problems

Type

HSS-1

C/N

SA185

B-8

Date In

Jan 1962

Date Out

Jul 1986

History

B-8/OT-ZKH, used by the Belgian Navy as minesweeper with anchor incorporated in Belgian roundel. Special paint schemes "25 Years SAR", "The Last One/40 Squadron", gate guardian at Koksijde airbase, stored

Type

S-58C

C/N

58-324

B-9

Date In

Oct 1963

Date Out

Dec 1984

History

OO-SHG, (KAT-43) Belgian Congo, B-9/OT-ZKI,
Written off in accident at Koksijde on 21 Sep 1964

Type

S-58C

C/N

58-333

B-10

Date In

Aug 1963

Date Out

May 1976

History

OO-SHH (Sabena), B-10/OT-ZKJ, D-HAUE spare parts source for D-HAUG (ex B-15)

Type

S-58C

C/N

58-356

B-11

Date In

Sep 1963

Date Out

Jun 1976

History

OO-SHI, B-11/OT-ZKK, D-HAUF, Auto und Technik Museum, Sinsheim (D.)

Type

S-58C

C/N

58-388

B-12

Date In

Nov 1963

Date Out

Jul 1976

History

OO-SHL (Sabena), B-12/OT-ZKL, D-HAID, Air Classic, Frankfurt (D.)

Type

S-58C

C/N

58-395

B-13

Date In

Oct 1963

Date Out

Oct 1971

History

OO-SHM, (KAT44) Belgian Congo, B-13/OT-ZKM. Written off in accident at Merzbrück on 15 Oct 1971.

Type

S-58C

C/N

58-350

B-14

Date In

Jun 1969

Date Out

Jun 1976

History

N878, OO-SHQ, B-14/OT-ZKN, (VIP configuration), D-HAUC, spare parts resource , preserved as "80+25" at Laupheim (D.)

Type

S-58C

C/N

58-836

B-15

Date In

Jan 1969

Date Out

Nov 1975

History

OO-SHP (Sabena), B-15/OT-ZKP, VIP configuration, D-HAUG, "PJ+366" Heer for film, still active

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