U.S. Coast Guard H-65 Dolphin

U.S. Coast Guard H-65 Dolphin

The Coast Guard has announced it will demonstrate a simulated rescue mission with its primary search and rescue helicopter, the Eurocopter MH-65D Dolphin. The advanced twin-turbine helo will showcase its all-weather, day-night capabilities and will also be on display in Performer Pit Row when not flying. The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. It performs search and rescue, law enforcement, aids to navigation, ice breaking, ice rescue and maritime homeland security duties. Dayton’s aircraft and crew will be from Coast Guard Sector Detroit of the 9th Coast Guard District.


  • The Coast Guard got involved in aviation at the very beginning of powered flight because three surfsmen from Kill Devil Hills Lifeboat Station helped Wilbur and Orville Wright carry their Wright B Flyer to its launch rail on December 17, 1903 for the first powered flight!
  • The Coast Guard began introducing helicopters to its fleet before the end of World War II!
  • The crew comes from Air Station Detroit. The Air Station covers the southern portion of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario.

MH-65D Dolphin FAST FACTS:

Manufacturer: Eurocopter

Engines: Two 853 shp Turbomeca Arriel 2C2-CG turboshaft

Length: 44 feet, 5 inches

Height: 13 feet, 5 inches

Rotor Diameter: 39 feet, 2 inches

Maximum Speed: 200 MPH

Ceiling: 10,000 feet

Range: 290 Nautical Miles

Gross Weight: 9,480 pounds

Crew: Four: 2 pilots, 1 flight mechanic, 1 rescue swimmer

Inventory: 100