A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter can fit inside a C-130
When it comes to photos of planes inside an airplane, no one is really surprised to see a helicopter or even a group of helicopters inside a C-17 Globemaster or a C-5 Galaxy. These planes are big enough and built to carry oversized items. The C-130, on the other hand, is a bit smaller – small enough that a C-130 fuselage, at least, can fit inside one of those same C-5s. So the top photo of a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter inside a Coast Guard HC-130H from Clearwater Air Force Base in Fla. Surprised us a little, uh, To keep.
From a Christmas Eve post on Facebook:
Air Station Miami operates five MH-65 Dolphin helicopters alongside five HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft. The Dolphins, built by Airbus and derived from that company’s AS365 Dauphin, also serve on some coastguards at sea. The Coast Guard considers the MH-65 to be a “short-range recovery” helicopter and uses it for search and rescue missions as well as some armed interdiction missions against smugglers and other law enforcement activities. It has a range of approximately three hours, a top speed of 148 knots and a range of approximately 300 nautical miles. These figures may vary due to the profile of the mission of course.