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HH-60 Jayhawk

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HH-60 Jayhawk
HH-60 Jayhawk retrieving a rescue swimmer
Type SAR helicopter
Manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Primary user United States Coast Guard
Developed from Sikorsky S-70
Variants HH-60 Pave Hawk
UH-60 Black Hawk
SH-60 Seahawk

The HH-60 Jayhawk is a twin-engine medium-range search and rescue (SAR) helicopter, based on the airframe of the SH-60 Seahawk. Besides SAR, it is used for drug interdiction, cargo lift, and special operations. It was developed for the United States Coast Guard to replace the aging Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican in 1986.


The Jayhawk is manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, 42 were built with 35 in operation and another 7 in storage or support roles. The 6,460 lb (2930 kg) fuel capacity allows the Jayhawk to operate for 6:30 hours within a 300 nautical mile radius. The rescue hoist can handle 600 lb (272 kg), but the helicopter is not able to perform water landings as its predcessor the Pelican was.


HH-60J Air Stations

Specifications (HH-60J)

HH-60 Jayhawk and a 47 foot motor life boat

General characteristics

  • Crew: 4, 2 Pilots, 2 Flight Crew Members
  • Capacity:
  • Length: 65 ft (19.8 m)
  • Rotor diameter: 54 ft (16.5 m)
  • Height: 17 ft (5.2 m)
  • Empty: 14,500 lb (6580 kg)
  • Loaded weight: kg ( lb)
  • Maximum gross takeoff weight: 21,884 lb (9926 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2x General Electric T700-GE-401C gas turbines, 1980 hp (1476 kW) each


  • Maximum speed: 180 knots (333 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 140 knots (260 km/h)
  • Range: 700 nautical miles (1,300 km)
  • Service ceiling: 5000 ft (1520 m) (hovering)
  • Maximum rate of climb: ft/min ( m/s)
  • Power/mass: hp/lb ( kW/kg)


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