First HH-3C/E Helicopters in the SEA Theater
In August 1965 Major Baylor Haynes gathered his crews of the newly
built HH-3s (which were built especially for Combat Rescue) at Stead AFB
Nevada. Under code name “Limelight 36” Haynes, a rescue veteran of
After completion of orientation in September 1965 they took leave and reported to Udorn in October. On November 3rd, 1965, a pair of HH-3Cs arrived at Bien Hoa AB in a special rush delivery by C-133 transport. (Note: Apparently they were HH-3Cs as a result of the –5 engines that were contractor (GE) provided and had not been tested and approved by Edwards AFB).
Major Haynes and a select crew reassembled and then tested the choppers
The first HH-3Es arrived by C-133 at Udorn in early 1966.
By the end of December 1966 there were six HH-3s operating out of Udorn in addition to the one remaining CH-3C.