SH-2F Seasprite

The H-2 Seasprite entered service as a utility helicopter in 1962 and was modified to fly combat search and rescue in Vietnam.  In June 1968 a Seasprite crew performed a daring night rescue of two downed aviators, the helicopter’s pilot, Lieutenant Clyde E. Lassen, receiving the Medal of Honor.  The aircraft on display is a Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) SH-2F with a high-powered radar on the underside of the fuselage.  It could search and strike the enemy over the horizon with an array of weapons and also provide missile defense using electronic jamming equipment.