The S-64 Skycrane is an twin-engine heavy-lift helicopter designed as an enlarged version of the prototype Flying Crane S-60. First flew on May 9, 1962 was followed by two further examples for evaluation by the German armed forces. The Germans did not place an order, but the US Army bought it as the CH-54 Tarhe. The S-64 Aircrane is the current production version, manufactured by the Erickson Air-Crane company.
Missing S-64E c/n 64-068 & 64-069 order cancelled by civil operator, airframes not built. Sikorsky S-64B/CH-54B asgd US Army serials 71-18491/18498; contract cancelled by US Army; airframes not built. Last Sikorsky built S-64E, c/n 64-101 rebuilt by Erickson as c/n 64-1001.
Korea Forest Services Orders Two More S-64E, 10-Jan-18 : South Korea Forest Service ordered 2 more S-64E in addition the one ordered last year. Fitted with glass cockpit, composite main rotor blades and NVG capability are starting to be delivered in Q3 2018
Erickson 20th Fire Season in Australia, 18-Dec-17 : Erickson, who fought fires for nearly 50 years, has returned to Australia for its 20th year with the S-64 air crane
S-64E “Annie” Return to Chile for Firefighting, 12-Dec-17 : Ecocopter from Chile contracted an Erickson S-64 Aircrane for firefighting in the Bio Bio Region. “Annie”, aircraft N171AC, will replace “Elvis” which served in early 2017
Erickson Summer 2017 Update, 17-Aug-17 : Erickson’ S-64 Aircrane Helitanker fleet deployed to British Columbia in Canada, California, Greece, Turkey and Australia in this 2017 so far.
Erickson to Build S-64E for Korea Forest Service, 12-Mar-17 : Erickson has received an order to build its first S-64 Aircrane in eight years. South Korea Forest Service to receive the firefighting helicopter by December this year
Derivatives & Versions
|YCH-54A||1964|| Prototypes/pre-production aircraft, six built. |
List of Operators of Sikorsky s-64 CH-54
|From||Organisation with model s-64 CH-54|
|Construction Numbers on database of s-64 CH-54 or its versions|