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
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
Six Erickson S-64 Fighting Australia Bushfires, 07-Jan-20 : #AustraliaBushfires Australia in state of emergency as deadly bushfires rage. Erickson continues deployment with local partner Kestrel Aviation of six S-64 air cranes firefighters helicopters
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 |