CH/HH-3 Jolly Green Giant Helicopter

C/HH-3C/E Helicopter

Based on the exceptional performance of the U.S. Navy H-3 helicopters, the U.S. Air Force purchased 136 aircraft throughout the 1960s for search and rescue and special operations. The HH-3 models were outfitted with armor, defensive armament, rescue hoist and refueling probe to create the first combat search and rescue helicopter. Nicknamed the Jolly Green Giant, the CH/HH-3 aircraft were used extensively for rescue operations during the Vietnam War.

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