DiDia, Frank, MSgt

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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43170C-Helicopter Technician
Current/Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1976-1978, 4502nd Support Squadron
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
24150-Safety Specialist
1A7X1-Aerial Gunner
1A1X1-Flight Engineer
3E6X1-Operations Management
Service Years
1957 - 1978
Master Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Strategic Command (Pre 2002) Transport Command Combat Crew Air Force Retired

Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961 Missileman (Senior)


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 Military Association Memberships
Catholic War Veterans of the USAAmerican LegionVietnam Veterans of America (VVA)Chapter 15
  2008, Catholic War Veterans of the USA [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 15 (Milford, Connecticut) [Verified] - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Retired aeronautical engineer from Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Ct.
   
Other Comments:
Actively involved in the New Haven Ct. Veteran's Hospital Center where I receive counseling, art therapy, and attend a spirituality group. 
   

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 1966-1974, HH-3/CH-3E Jolly Green Giant
From Year
1966
To Year
1974
   
Personal Memories
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 HH-3/CH-3E Jolly Green Giant Details
 


Aircraft/Missile Information


Later, 50 CH-3Es were modified for combat rescue missions with armor, defensive armament, self-sealing fuel tanks, a rescue hoist and in-flight refueling capability. They were redesignated HH-3Es and used extensively in Southeast Asia under the nickname "Jolly Green Giant."

USAF variants served in numerous air rescue squadrons and aerospace rescue and recovery squadons of the Military Airlift Command (MAC), rescue squadrons of the Air Combat Command (ACC) and other USAF major commands world-wide. The aircraft was also used by a number of Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard rescue squadrons. All USAF HH-3Es, to include Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard, were retired in the 1990s and replaced by the current HH-60G Pavehawk.

CH/HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
HH-3F Pelican
Specifications
Main rotor diameter 62 ft.
Fuselage Length 73 ft. 0 in.
Height 18 ft. 1 in.
Weight 22,050 lbs. loaded
Armament Provisions for two .50-cal. machine guns
Engines Two General Electric T58-GE-5 turboshaft engines of 1,500 hp. each
Crew Three
Cost $796,000
Maximum speed 177 mph.
Cruising speed 154 mph.
Range 779 miles with external fuel tanks
Service Ceiling 21,000 ft.

   
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Last Updated: Feb 13, 2009
   
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