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  • Sikorsky S-64 CH-54

    Derived from S-60

    Sikorsky S-64 CH-54

    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.

    S-64 CH-54 News

    Composite Rotor Blades for S-64F, 07-Dec-20 : #blades Erickson awarded final Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of the composite main rotor blades on the S-64F and CH-54B heavy lift helicopters

    Helicopter Underwater Escape Training, HUET, 19-Apr-20 : #HUET A helicopter crew has credited their surviving a collision with water with skills learned and practised as part of Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)

    Composite Main Rotor Blades for Erickson Air Crane, 04-Mar-20 : #composite The S-64 Air Crane and CH-54 Skycrane fleets will take advantage of innovative composite technologies. Erickson partnered with Helicopter Transport Services (HTS) to designed and FAA certified composite main rotor blades that will bring many dramatic benefits

    Erickson S-64F+ Air Crane, 29-Jan-20 : Heli-Expo 2020 Erickson announced at Heli Expo 2020 a new production line of the S-64 air crane. Pushed by recent orders and deliveries, the legacy helicopter will be followed by the future S-64F+ with new innovations and enhancements

    More Erickson S-64 Air Crane Ordered, 11-Jan-20 : #firefighting Korea Forest Service (ninth for KFS) and the Italian firefighters (two for VdF) ordered the S-64F heavy lift helicopters

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    Engine: 2 x PW T73-P-1 4500 shp
    Capacity: 2 + 1
    Length: (m) 21.4
    Height: (m) 5.67
    Blades: 6
    Rotor diam.: (m) 21.95
    Disc area: (m2) 378
    Weight: (kgs) Empty: 8724     Max: 19000
    Speed: (km/h) Cruise: 169     Max: 203
    Range: (km) 370
    Ceiling: (m) 2740
    Rate/Climb: (m/min) 405

    Derivatives & Versions

    S-64A 1962
    YCH-54A 1964 Prototypes/pre-production aircraft, six built.
    CH-54A Tarhe 1966
    CH-54B Tarhe 1969 Second production model. Was a more heavy version powered by two 4800 shp T73-P-700 engines and fitted with a twin-wheeled main undercarriage
    S-64B 1969 Sikorsky built civilian variant
    Erickson S-64E 1992 Sikorsky S-64 airframes rebuilt by Erickson Air-Crane

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