1/72 1504-150 MPC Sikorsky Sea King Apollo Recovery Chopper - With Patch - SH-3D
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Sealed Exc++
Still factory sealed. This issue was specially made for the Apollo Missions and includes the hard-to-find, large Apollo 11 iron-on patch. Features the correct Apollo decal sheet, opening doors, working main and tail rotors, detailed full interior and a hoist works by turning the main rotors. 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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