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Sikorsky S-55
Two early production S-55 delivered in October 1956 to 103 Sqn. With horizontal tail boom and downward canted tailplane. Four more S-55 obtained 1957 from USA, equivalent to US Army H-19D helicopters but with sand filters, different radios and local changes. Featured Wright engine, down-sloping tailboom and horizontal tailplane. Used by ? sqn for search and rescue/coastal patrol duties. Last withdrawn in mid 1960s. No Hebrew name given.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
02     Oct 1956 early prodn version
03     Oct 1956 early prodn version
      1957  
      1957  
      1957  
      1957  

References:

  • Wings Over Suez (Brian Cull et al)


Sikorsky S-58
Seven civil S-58B purchased from manufacturer in 1958. Twenty-four H-34G III obtained from manufacturer with funding from Germany in 1962-63 (designated CH-34A by Sikorsky). (Bu. Aer. Nos 150756 to 150759, 150776, 150778 to 150796). Latter equipped with additional avionics and with exhaust on the left side of the nose instead of under the nose. Total of 31 acquired. Used by RSS sqn for utility transport role. Some example fitted with local pilot and engine armour, door mounted armament and special avionics. Withdrawn from service in 1968. No Hebrew name given.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
01       H-34, w/o ? date
11 58-437     S-58B, to CF-OKE June 1971
12 58-691     S-58B, w/o 1 Feb 1962
13 58-692     S-58B, to CF-OKG June 1971
15 58-279     S-58, to N4371S July 1972
? 58-403     S-58B, to N886X July 1968
16 58-1167     S-58, to N4374S July 1972
18 58-1186     S-58, to N4375S July 1972
? 58-1549     H-34G III
? 58-1550     H-34G III
? 58-1551     H-34G III, to N4388S July 1972
? 58-1552     H-34G III, to N4389S July 1972
07 58-1595     H-34G III, Hatzerim Museum
? 58-1606     H-34G III, to N4376S July 1972
? 58-1607     H-34G III, to N4377S July 1972
? 58-1612     H-34G III, to N4378S July 1972
? 58-1613     H-34G III, to N4379S July 1972
? 58-1614     H-34G III, to N4380S July 1972
? 58-1624     H-34G III
? 58-1625     H-34G III, to N82844?
05 58-1626     H-34G III, to N4381S July 1972
? 58-1627     H-34G III, to N4382S July 1972
? 58-1636     H-34G III
? 58-1637     H-34G III, to N4383S July 1972
? 58-1638     H-34G III
? 58-1639     H-34G III, to N4384S July 1972
? 58-1646     H-34G III, to N4385S? July 1972
? 58-1647     H-34G III
? 58-1648     H-34G III
40 58-1649     H-34G III, to N4387S July 1972
41 58-1656     H-34G III
42 58-1657     H-34G III, to N4390S July 1972

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


S-65 serial 717 of 114 sqn.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)
S-65 serial 407 demonstrates it's fire-fighting ability.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)

Sikorsky S-65 Sea Stallion ('Yas'ur') * Current *
Twenty-five (34?) S-65C-3 (equivalent to USMC CH-53D) obtained from US production line Autumn 1969. Two S-65Öe obtained from Austrian Air Force in 1981. Ten more ex-USMC CH-53 obtained 1990-91, six more in 1992 and a further ten in 1993. Total of 53+ delivered - but only two from the last batch entered service, with two others used for spares by IAI and the remaining six put into storage at Ovda. Used by ? sqns for heavy-lift transport. 30 examples updated to Yasur 2000 standard (with 0xx and 9xx serials). Two sold to Mexico by July 2005 as 1381 and 1382. Hebrew name means Petrel. (Likely that last 2 digits of serial remain unchanged after upgrades).

[Table of BuAer. Nos., c/ns and IDF/AF serials]

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
402        
702       noted June 1994
902       Yasur 2000, 114 Sqn Apr 2004
403       photo
903       Yasur 2000, w/o 4 Feb 1997
405        
406       noted May 1989
906       Yasur 2000, 114 Sqn May 2005
412       photo July 1999
912       Yasur 2000, 118 sqn Apr 2002
914       Yasur 2000, Tel Nof Dec 2004
417       noted June 1989
917       Yasur 2000, 114 sqn Apr 2002
921       Yasur 2000, 114 sqn 1997
129        
429       noted July 1995
030       Yasur 2000, 118 Sqn Apr 2002
031 65236?      
131        
231       noted July 1995
031       Yasur 2000, Tel Nof 1997
33        
033 65238?     Yasur 2000, Tel Nof 1997
135        
035 65239     Yasur 2000, Tel Nof May 2000
236        
536       May 1985
036       Yasu 2000, May 2005
137       noted 1987
037       Yasur 2000, June 1999
138        
238        
038       Yasur 2000, May 2005
139       noted Apr 1986 to May 1994
239        
039       Yasur 2000, Tel Nof May 2000
540        
040       Yasur 2000, 118 sqn May 2000
342        
542       noted May 1994
042       Yasur 2000 May 2003
544       photo
644       noted 1998
044       Yasur 2000, 118 Sqn Apr 2002
245       photo
545?       1988
546       noted May 1994
046       Yasur 2000, 114 sqn June 2005
247       w/o ? date
548        
048       Yasur 2000 July 2002
949       w/o ? date
350        
550        
251       photo
351        
352        
552       noted Feb 1991
052       Yasur 2000 May 2003
253       noted 1987
353        
553        
053       Yasur 2000, Tel Nof May 2003
554       noted 1992
054       Yasur 2000 May 2005
355        
055       Yasur 2000, Tel Nof May 2000
556        
056       Yasur 2000, Tel Nof Apr 1999
357 65350     w/o 4 Feb 1997
558        
959        
960 65351      
360       w/o 10 May 1977
361        
061       Yasur 2000, Tel Nof Apr 1999
062       Yasur 2000, 114 sqn July 1997
563        
063       Yasur 2000, 114 Sqn Apr 2002
964       w/o ? date
965        
065       ex-Austrian, Yasur 2000, 114 sqn Apr 2001
666       photo
066       ex-Austrian, Yasur 2000, w/o 31 Mar 1996
367       photo
967       Yasur 2000
871       noted 1992
471   153307   preserved Hatzerim
873   154870   G.I. Haifa Apr 2004
475       noted Nov 1995
875   154879   noted 1992
975       Yasur 2000, Tel Nof May 2000
477        
977       Yasur 2000 114 Sqn May 2005
479       noted July 1995
979       Yasur 2000 July 1999
981       Yasur 2000, Tel Nof 1997
983       Yasur 2000 GI Haifa May 2005
984?       Yasur 2000 Apr 1998
985       Yasur 2000, 118 Sqn May 2003
987       Yasur 2000, Tel Nof
790   154883?   Tel Nof 1998
393        
394        
395        

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)
  • World Air Power Journal Vol.4


UH-60A 607 ready for action.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)
Another view of 607.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)

Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk ('Yanshuf') * Current *
Ten UH-60A obtained from US Army stocks and delivered in August 1994 (Yanshuf 1). Fifteen S-70A-50 (UH-60L) ordered from manufacturer, with deliveries from 23 March 1998 (Yanshuf 2). Twenty-four S-70A-55 (UH-60L) ordered from manufacturer 2002, with deliveries from August 2002 (Yanshuf 3). Total of 49 delivered. Used by 123 and 124 Sqns for the utility transport role. Hebrew name means Owl.

Yanshuf 1 serials 600+, Yanshuf 2 serials 900+, Yanshuf 3 serials 500+. Yanshuf 1 being modified and reserialled 700+, Yanshuf 2 being modified and reserialled 800+.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
601 700017 77-22723   124 sqn May 2000, reserialled 701 with 123 Sqn by May 2005
605 700021 77-22727   124 sqn May 2000, reserialled 705 with 124 Sqn by May 2005
607 700032 78-22969   124 Sqn June 2001, reserialled 707 with 123 Sqn by May 2005
610 700054 78-22991   124 sqn Dec 1999, reserialled 710 with 124 Sqn by May 2005
621 700060 78-22997   124 sqn 1997, reserialled 721 with 123 Sqn by May 2005
624 700063 78-23000   124 sqn Dec 2000, reserialled 724 with 123 Sqn by June 2005
629 700064 78-23001   124 sqn Apr 1999, reserialled 729 with 123 Sqn by May 2005
635 700066 78-230003   124 sqn Apr 2002, reserialled 735 with 123 Sqn by May 2005
638 700088 78-23271   124 sqn Dec 1999, reserialled 738 with 123 Sqn by May 2005
641 700058 78-22995   124 sqn Apr 2001, reserialled 741 with 124 Sqn by May 2005
908   97-26780   noted June 2002, reserialled 808 with 124 Sqn by May 2005
912   97-26781   124 Sqn Apr 2004 , reserialled 812 with 124 Sqn by May 2005
914   97-26782   noted Oct 2000, reserialled 814 with 123 Sqn by May 2005
916   97-26783   noted July 1999, reserialled 816 with 124 Sqn by May 2005
920   97-26784   noted June 1998, reserialled 820 with 124 Sqn by May 2005
922   97-26785   noted Apr 2002, reserialled 822
925   97-26786   noted June 2001, reserialled 825 with 124 Sqn by May 2005
927   97-26787   noted June 1999, reserialled 827 with 124 Sqn by Sept 2005
930   97-26788   noted June 1999, reserialled 830 with 124 Sqn by May 2005
932 702448 97-26789   noted June 1999, reserialled 832 with 124 Sqn by May 2005
934 702449 97-26790   124 sqn Apr 2004, reserialled 834 with 124 Sqn by May 2005
937 702451 97-26791   noted Apr 1999, reserialled 837 with 124 Sqn by May 2005
940   97-26792   noted May 1998, reserialled 840 with 124 Sqn by May 2005
945   97-26793   noted June 1999, reserialled 845 with 124 Sqn by May 2005
956   97-26794   noted Apr 2002, reserialled 856
503 702693 02-26930   123 Sqn May 2005
511   02-26931   noted May 2005
515   02-26932   noted May 2005
517   02-26933   123 Sqn May 2005
522   02-26934   123 Sqn May 2005
528   02-26935   noted May 2005
533   02-26936    
536   02-26937   123 Sqn May 2005
539   02-26938   123 Sqn May 2005
542   02-26939   123 Sqn May 2005
547   02-??????   damaged 2/3 March 2003
550   02-26940   124 Sqn May 2005
551   02-26941    
553   02-26942   noted May 2005
555   02-26943   124 Sqn May 2005
559 702738 02-26944   123 Sqn June 2005
562   02-26945   123 Sqn June 2005
565   02-26946   124 Sqn May 2005
567   02-26947   124 Sqn May 2005
571   02-26948    
572   02-26949    
575   02-26950   123 Sqn May 2005
580   02-26951   noted May 2005
582   02-26952    
585   02-26953   123 Sqn May 2005
587   02-??????   photo Feb 2005
590   02-??????   noted May 2005

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)
  • World Air Power Journal Vol.12



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