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)


 Unofficial Badges 




 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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 1975-1977, HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)
From Year
1975
To Year
1977
   
Personal Memories
Not Specified
   
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 HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant) Details
 


Aircraft/Missile Information
General characteristics

* Crew: 2 pilots, 1 or more crew chiefs
* Capacity: 37 troops (55 in alternate configuration) or 24 stretchers
* Length: 88 ft 6 in (26.97 m)
* Rotor diameter: 72 ft 2.7 in (22.01 m)
* Height: 24 ft 11 in (7.6 m)
* Empty weight: 23,628 lb (10,740 kg)
* Loaded weight: 33,500 lb (15,227 kg)
* Max takeoff weight: 42,000 lb (19,100 kg)
* Powerplant: 2� General Electric T64-GE-413 turboshafts, 3,925 shp (2,927 kW) each
* Width (overall): 28 ft 4 in (8.64 m)
* Width (fuselage): 15 ft 6 in (4.7 m)
* Rotor systems: 6 blades on main rotor

Performance

* Maximum speed: 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h)
* Cruise speed: 150 kt (173 mph, 278 km/h)
* Range: 540 nmi (1,000 km)
* Service ceiling 16,750 ft (5,106 m)
* Rate of climb: 2,460 ft/min (750 m/min)

Armament

* Two Door Mounted XM218 .50 BMG machine guns. Some have RMWS (Ramp Mounted Weapon System) GAU-21 .50 BMG machine gun.

   
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Last Updated: Feb 13, 2009
   
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