|Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Sikorsky H-19 and HO4S-3 Sea Horse
Sikorsky H-19 and HO4S-3 Sea Horse
Data current to 11 January 2020.
Sikorsky S-55 Horse, RCAF H-19 Chickasaw Helicopter (15), (Serial Nos. 9597-9600, 9619-9629), RCN H04S-3 Sea Horse Helicopter (13), (Serial Nos. 55144, 55305, 55320, 55867, 55875, 55876, 55877, 55878, 55885, 55886, 55887, 55891, 55892), for a total of 28 helicopters.
Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw helicopter, RCAF (Serial No. 9628). (DND Photo via Luc Dubé)
Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw Helicopter, RCAF. (RCAF Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)
Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw helicopter, RCAF (Serial No. 9624), 11 Jun 1955. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3585152)
(DND Photo via Francois Dutil)
Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw helicopter, RCAF (Serial No. 9622), Sikorsky CH-126 Choctaw (Serial No. 9632) and Vertol Canada CH-125 Workhorse (Serial No. 9639). These helicopters are from No. 108 Communications Flight which was heavily involved during the construction of the DEW Line. On the 1st of June 1958 the Flight was re-designated as No. 5 (Helicopter) Operational Training Unit and was tasked with training H-21 and H-34 pilots. No. 108 Flight was based at Rockcliffe and Bagotville.
Sikorsky H-19 (S-55D) Horse Helicopter, RCAF (Serial No. 9620), C/N 55-213, Reg. No. C-GMFY. This aircraft has been re-painted as (Serial No. 9632). 9620 is on display at the Canadian Museum of Flight, Langley, British Columbia.
Sikorsky HO4S-3, RCN pennant number 222. (DND Photo via James Craik)
The large, 3 digit code displayed by many RCN helicopters is usually a pennant number, and may or may not be based on the the aircraft serial number.
Sikorsky HO4S-3, RCN pennant number 226, ca 1957. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821305)
Sikorsky HO4S-3 Horse and ground crew, RCN pennant number 228, 1956. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821412)
Sikorsky HO4S-3, RCN pennant number 250. (DND Photo via Luc Dubé)
Sikorsky HO4S-3, RCN pennant number 250, 5 April 1957. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821233)
Sikorsky HO4S-3, RCN pennant number 254, 5 April 1957. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821228)
Sikorsky HO4S, RCN pennant number 254, HS-50 Sqn, being hosed down after hovering low over salt water. (RCN Photo via Mike Kaehler)
Sikorsky HO4S-3 Horse Helicopter RCN pennant number 885, (Serial No. 739B), RCN (Serial No. 55885), Shearwater Aviation Museum. 55885 was taken on strength on 31 Aug 1955, and flew with HU 21. It was used to ferry emergency supplies to Springhill, Nova Scotia from 23 October to 1 November 1958, following a mine disaster. On 8 May 1970 this helicopter was shipped to Canadian Forces Base Borden to replace 55875 which had been shipped to Canadian Forces Base Penhold. It was struck off strength on 15 Aug 1965 and stored.
Sikorsky HO4S-3 Horse Helicopter (Serial No. 55877). On display in the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario. 55877 participated in eight rescue missions and was credited with rescuing thirty-two people and four animals over its lifetime. Eight maple leaves decorate the nose of the helicopter, one for each rescue mission. Its most famous mission was its rescue of twenty-one crew members of the Liberian freighter Kismet II, along with the ship's dog and cat, which took place on 26 Nov 1955 off the coast of Cape Breton Island. (CA&SM)