Britain's RAF and Navy Yellow Sea King Helicopter to be Replaced
Britain's yellow Sea King helicopters will soon disappear from the radar. Today the Ministry of Defence will name the private company who will take over the Sea King emergency service.
The Royal Navy and RAF Sea Kings are being replaced by 2012 with white-and-orange helicopters reported to be worth £5bn, and will be flown by civilian staff plus forces pilots. The change over frees the pilots in the forces to be sent to Afghanistan.
The Sea King helicopter first flew in May 1969 and entered service in the Royal Navy the same year. Over the years numerous variations have been produced and the helicopter has adapted a range of functions.
During the Falklands War, the Sea King was used as a troop carrier and equipment mover. In general use, the Sea King has a crew of 2, but can have a crew of 4. It's max speed is 145mph and its max range is 764 miles. Its ceiling flying height is 10,000 feet.
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