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LA Sheriff flys them for search and rescue work.
Yes, there are a few civilian models still flying. sikorsky s55
Fantasy of Flight in Florida is restoring an S55 one to airworthy status.
Made my first and second parachute jumps from an H-34 in Germany, circa 1962.
I flew in one when fighting fires in California when I was on a IR crew, it was like sitting in a metal garbage can while 20 pissed off chimps were beating the outside with clubs, a god awful super loud racket. Huey's were loud but not near as bad as a Sikorsky.
The CG got a deal on the running gear in the early 60's and Sikorsky built the HH-52A with it. It used a de-rated GE T-58 for power and they used them for a lot of years. I enjoyed my years with them.
There was a short time when they were going to make Winnebagos (sp?) out of them. Never heard if any sold though.jack
I remember that issue of Popular Science!
Yes! There are an unknown number sill in service world wide. There is a "Warbirds" page that list the number of registered airworthy Sikorsky's in the US.---Ray
There a whole field of them just west of Casa Grande AZ
I went to google maps to see if i could find them... there is a lot of country out that way!