1/72 1504-150 MPC Sikorsky SH-3D Sea King Apollo Recovery Chopper With Patch
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Includes hard-to-find, large Apollo 11 iron-on patch in mint condition. Special issue for the Apollo missions. Includes correct Apollo decal sheet. Has many operating features - doors open, main and tail rotors work, has detailed full interior, and a hoist works by turning the main rotors. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. From Stephen Payne: "Helicopter 66/Helo 66," or US Navy Bureau Number 152711, is easily one of the most well-known &widely-recognized Sikorsky SH-3D Sea King helicopters in history. It was the prime recovery helicopter for five of the Apollo missions. It servedwith the Navy's Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 4 (HS-4) with distinction. From late 1968 through the spring of 1970, the Black Knights of HS-4 participated in and pioneered techniques for the Apollo capsule recoveries. HS-4 was on scene for Apollo missions 8, 10, 11, 12, and 13. The helicopter's flight number was changed from '66' to '740' after the Apollo 11 recovery as the U.S. Navy had switched to a three number squadrondesignator system - but the helicopter was repainted with the number "66" for each recovery (Apollo 12 & 13) thereafter for public relations reasons.
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