Inside a U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter

Since 1985, the U.S. Coast Guard has operated the Eurocopter MH-65 Dolphin dual-engine helicopter as its short range air-sea rescue helicopter. In addition to maritime search and rescue, the helicopter is used on other tasks of superpower supremacy such as drug interdiction, pollution patrols, and scouting sea ice. The helicopter is a modified version of the Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin, originally designed by Aerospatiale of France.

Due to hyperpuissance oblige, the U.S. Coast Guard version was assembled in Grand Prairie, Texas from parts made in France, so it can be labeled “Made in USA”, and fitted with U.S. made Lycoming turboshaft engines, which have proved unreliable and were replaced starting in 2004 by Turbomeca engines, as used in the original French helicopter.