6 thoughts on ““A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter Can Fit Inside A C-130” –The Drive

  1. So the $64-K question is what forward deployed airfield on some island that an C-130 can safely land on with a length of ~3000-feet is there, that would facilitate a C-130/HH-65 operation. And is probably located somewhere in the Pacific…

    • Really did not look like that sort of thing. How much time to reassemble the helo? Doubt if the helo was transported fueled up. Two or three C-130s making a couple of round trips might be able to establish an expeditionary capability to operate H-65s. There is also the fact that the Coast Guard is beginning to replace H-65s with H-60s.

      We frequently call on Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service when we need a helicopter to go beyond the range of Coast Guard helos because they have tanker equipped C-130s and helos that can be refueled in the air.

      • How many WW2 Islands either garrisoned by the US or the Japanese dot the Pacific Ocean with Airfields on them?/! Minimum landing distance required for the C-130 is ~2463-feet by ~150-feet…

      • There are certainly a lot. The ones where there are population centers have generally been maintained. There is a well-maintained US Air Force one on Wake. The ones that have not been maintained are suspect.

      • The US Army still maintains “Kwajalein Atoll” with a garrison of ~1100 plus some Marshal Island islanders as civilian workers and sports an ~6600-foot asphalt runway…

  2. I remember an old newspaper story around 1992/93, in one of the Honolulu papers, about AirSta Barbers Point receiving one of the newly painted “orange” HH-65A’s as it was unloaded from a CG C-130. It also happened to be about the same time as Halloween. The caption referred to the HH-65A coming out of the back of the C-130 as the C-130 giving birth to a pumpkin!!

    Speaking of short airfields in the Pacific, we used to fly out to Kure Atoll and land a C-130 on a runway made of crushed coral reef material. It’s still there according to Google Maps —> https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kure+Atoll/@28.3915459,-178.299673,2023m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x7cb630bc41cb2d37:0x298613640a5a043a!8m2!3d28.392533!4d-178.2935519

    Made plenty of trips to Midway too.

    I wasn’t on the flight, but I recall a CG C-130 making a stop out to Wake & Iwo Jima in the 90’s too. One of the pilots brought back a crusty old Japanese pen that he found while walking around on Iwo Jima.

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