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
Erickson Firefighting in Greece, 05-Apr-21 : #Greece Erickson renewed firefighting contracts in Greece for the 2021 fire season
Erickson S-64 and Bell 214 for Firefighting, 30-Mar-21 : #firefighting US Forest Service contracted Erickson for the incoming wildfires season. Two S-64F to be based in Fresno and Kitchen Creek, CA. And a Bell 214ST ( First contract for the type ) at Lucky Peak, ID
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
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Derivatives & Versions
|YCH-54A||1964|| Prototypes/pre-production aircraft, six built. |
|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 |