Today in aviation history – August 22, 1970

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image Two Sikorsky HH-53C helicopters complete a non-stop transpacific flight of 9,000 miles (14,484 km) using in-flight refuelling.

During past space programs, the HH-53 was on duty at the launch site as the primary astronaut recovery vehicle.   Designed for search and rescue operations (SAR) the HH53C was known as the “Super Jolly Green Giant”.