LASD Super Puma


So I flipped on KCAL 9’s news to see the familiar green/gold paint job of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter conducting a SAR mission near Pasadena. But instead of the familiar surplus SH-3H Sea King, I was surprised to see an AS332 Super Puma.

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As it turns out, LASD’s Aero Division just bought three used Super Pumas to replace the SH-3H fleet.

On Wednesday, October 3, 2012 in Long Beach the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Aero Bureau held a press conference to unveil the new Super Puma Helicopters.
The County of Los Angeles recently approved the acquisition of three previously owned Eurocopter AS 332L1 Super Puma helicopters by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Aero Bureau. These ships will replace the aging former United States Navy Sikorsky SH-3H Sea Kings currently operated by Sheriff’s Aero Bureau.
With parts and support for the three H-3’s becoming more expensive and difficult to obtain, the decision was made to replace them. The three AS 332L1’s that LASD is obtaining will continue the long tradition of the Department’s Air Rescue-5 program.

Anybody know who the original operator was?

By the way, the US Navy has a couple Pumas under contract to conduct Vertical Replenishment from some of its logistics ships.

And the hikers the LASD picked up today? Looks like they’re safe and sound.

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  1. scottthebadger

    With the retirement of the SeaKings, LASO has lost it’s ASW capability.

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  2. SFC Dunlap 173d RVN

    While I don’t have an overall dislike for the Puma series helicopters it has (unless recently changed), one irritating structure characteristic…the cargo door slides forward towards cockpit. As long as the open door locking device is good, it won’t slide backwards in flight. Anybody else know more????

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    • Some one, obviously, wasn’t thinking what might happen if the door had to be kept open without the cooperation of eh door lock. I think a lot of Huey crews removed the doors from Huebert in Vietnam, but they usually didn’t need the door over there. A US SO prolly will, however.

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