Airfix Westland Sea King HAR.3 Starter Set 1:72 A55307B
The Sea King HAR. 3 is a modified Search and Rescue (SAR) variant of the
Westland Sea King, entering service in 1978 as a replacement for the
Westland Whirlwind HAR.10. It first saw operation with the RAF in 1982
and was later manufactured by Westland for the Royal Norwegian Air
Force, the Belgian Air Force and the German Navy.
In 1992 six upgraded
HAR.3As were ordered for the RAF, fitted with a digital navigation
system and improved avionics. The HAR. 3 would endure as a proficient
SAR Sea King, providing around-the-clock SAR cover across the UK and
Falkland Islands. The Mk3 Sea King left RAF service in 2016, although
the Mk7 is expected to remain in Royal Navy service until 2018. The
standard SAR four-man crew consists of two pilots, a radar and winch
operator and a winchman/paramedic.