First Post!

I hope everyone is enjoying Los Angeles’s first inaugural Fleet Week! Thanks for reading the support blog to the HUP-2 helicopter exhibit at the Pacific Battleship Center. Here we will cover helicopters, the Korean War, and everything in between as we prepare to bring a helicopter display aboard Battleship IOWA.

As a first series of posts, we will be covering the visiting helicopters to the Port of Los Angeles, home of the Battleship IOWA. That way, we can get a taste of modern helicopters before exploring their historical development in relations to the Battleship IOWA, especially during that of the Korean War.


The Jayhawk

Our first display is the Sikorsky MH-60 Jayhawk, operated by the United States Coast Guard during a search and rescue demonstration.

The Jayhawk is a twin-engine, medium-range, multi-mission helicopter operated by the USCG for law enforcement, military readiness, marine environmental protection, as well as for search and rescue. Jayhawks fly a crew of four up to 483 kilometers offshore, it can hoist up to an additional six people on board, while remaining on-scene for up to 45 minutes before having to return to base. Normal cruising speed of the Jayhawk is 155 to 161 miles per hour. It can move up to 207 mph, for short durations.

The Jayhawk is a part of the Sikorsky S-70 family of helicopters. The S-70 is a medium transport/utility helicopter developed for the U.S. Army in the 1970s, winning a competition to be designated the UH-60 Black Hawk, made infamous by the events in Somalia and immortal by the film Black Hawk Down. Jayhawks are based on the United States Navy’s version of the Blackhawk, the SH-60 Seakhawk helicopter. Jayhawks entered USCG service in 1990, production of this helicopter ends in 1996. Since then, they have seen upgrades, additions, and new designations.

Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed this introduction post. If you’re not there for LA Fleet Week 2016, we’ll be covering the helicopters here. 

Until the next post,

-Johnny Wu
Pacific Battleship Center