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.
In 1963 seven 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 All of the S-58C's were withdrawn from use with the arrival of the Westland Seakings in 1976.