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I found this photo in the Sikorsky Archives, and was curious about the Coast Guard S-76 in the back corner.  Did Sikorsky actually fly one in USCG colors, or was one just painted for PR purposes?

 

(Source: https://www.sikorskyarchives.com/S-72 (RSRA) F.php)

 

Are there any other photos of that S-76 in USCG colors?  A web search turned up empty...

 

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I think that is a mock-up.  I say this for two reasons.  It does not depict a production S-76.  The tail boom of the aircraft in question is wrong.  It has a straight bottom and the top rakes downward to the rear, while the S-76 tailboom has a staight top and the bottom rakes up to the rear.  Also the vertical tail fin extends well above the tail rotor attachment point.  The cabin and engine / rotor housing do appear to be from a S-76.  The S-76 was developed about the time of the SRR contract to replace the S-62/H-52 Seaguard, (which was won by the Aerspatilae AS-365/H-65 Dolphin.)  So this may have been one proposal for that contract.  The MRR replacement contract to replace the HH-3F Pelican came much later, (which was won by the S-70/HH-60J.)  Interesting!  

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I noticed several differences between production S-76s and this one.  Wasn't sure if this was possibly a development frame...  Mock-up would make sense.  

 

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Dutch hit it head on there with the differences. But I am blown away I never knew there was an S-76 USCG bird... even if it was a mock-up! I grew up seeing S-76's and to this date is probably one of my top helicopters. Even to this day I can still differentiate the pitch of the rotors from far out. Most of the Life Flights around here now are EC-145 or AS-365's theres still one  S-76 operator left though. Sorry got off topic lol

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Yes, I love artist impressions, especially the company sales advertisements.  This one for an ASW version of the HRB-1 Sea Knight still makes me chuckle.  Circa 1961.

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With rotors stopped, and pretty good seas!  I  don't think so!  That's why dipping sonars were invented.  Plus, the uncool factor!  I can hear the pilots now; "You'll never catch me flying that thing!"

 

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Great picture, like you I love manufacturer ads, always a fun part of Aviation Week and Air Force magazines.

Notice the S2F behind the helicopter.

I wonder if the sponsons on the Sea Knight are more than just dipping sonar? They look awfully large.

Also, IIRC, the dipping units were in service before 1961.

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Those were actually supposed to be floats like an oil rig.

 

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