Click the DONATE link above for your chance to win this beautiful replica of the Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard helicopter, the United States Coast Guard’s first turbine-powered helicopter!
For every $5 donated by a participant, that participant will receive 1 entry into the drawing. The final drawing will be held at NEAAAT on March 26, 2020.
NOTE: Please be sure to type “Norm Scurria Scholarship” in the comments section when making donations via PayPal.
Norm Scurria was the epitome of a professional, dedicated, and highly energized Coast Guard Aeronautical Engineer. In retirement he was also a devoted supporter of NEAAAT, volunteering as a teaching assistant and tutor in mathematics. Coach Scurria believed strongly that students should be exposed to opportunities in aviation and aeronautical engineering, so he, along with Vector CSP President and CEO Stan Walz, established an annual scholarship to send NEAAAT students to summer programs at the National Flight Academy. This year, Mr. Walz has generously donated a replica of the Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard helicopter that Vector CSP helped prepare for exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum. All funds raised through the raffle will be used to support the Norm Scurria STEM Scholarship.
Last summer, NEAAAT was able send eight students to a weeklong program at the National Flight Academy, part of the Naval Flight Museum Foundation, Inc., thanks in large part to the donations of the Aeronautical Engineering Community and the Coast Guard Aviation Association. The National Flight Academy summer programs provide kids from ages 13 to 18 with Aviation STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) experiences in a dynamic, and very fun, Naval Aviation carrier based environment. At the conclusion of their week long summer adventure, the students participate in realistic naval aviation scenarios and get to fly F-35 simulators supporting their team’s mission solution set. It is truly a first class, real world experience!
To learn more about the Norm Scurria STEM Scholarship, visit the Coast Guard Aviation Association website at https://aoptero.org/about/norm-scurria-stem-scholarship/.
About the Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard Helicopter
The HH-52 was the U.S. Coast Guard’s first turbine-powered helicopter and the first that could land in the water next to vessels or personnel in distress without using awkward floats, making it the most effective air-sea rescue helicopter of its time. The Coast Guard operated ninety-nine HH-52s between 1962 and 1989, saving 15,000 lives.
The Coast Guard acquired this HH-52 (#1426) in 1967 and operated it until 1989, accumulating 12,618 hours. Its notable missions included a January 27, 1967 nighttime sailboat rescue that resulted in a Distinguished Flying Cross for the pilot and a mention in LIFE magazine. 1426’s most dramatic rescue occurred on November 1, 1979, when it rescued twenty-two survivors from a fiery collision of an oil tanker and freighter off Galveston, Texas. During the mission, it lifted twelve crewmen at one time from the inferno – a record for the aircraft, designed only to carry a maximum of ten, including crew, in the cabin.
Transferred from the U.S. Coast Guard
Rotor Diameter: 16.16 m (53 ft 0 in)
Length: 13.58 m (44 ft 7 in)
Height: 4.33 m (14 ft 3 in)
Weight: Empty, 2,306kg (5,083 lb)
Gross, 3,674 kg (8,100 lb)
Engine: General Electric T58-GE-8, de-rated to 1,250 shp
Top Speed: 175 km/h (109 mph)
Manufacturer: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, 1966