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.
Two More Erickson S-64 Air Crane Ordered, 11-Jan-20 : #firefighting Korea Forest Service (ninth for KFS) and the Italian firefighters ordered one more S-64 heavy lift helicopter each to be delivered in 2020 and 2021 respectively. The toughest jobs calls for the toughest aircraft
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
Erickson Delivered K8 to Korean Forest Service, 23-Dec-19 : #firefighting Erickson delivered a second S-64, K8, to the Korean Forest Service completing the order for 2019
Erickson Delivered K7 to Korean Forest Service, 26-Nov-19 : #firefighting A remanufactured Erickson S-64E aircrane, the K7, was loaded onto the Antonov An-124 cargo plane at the manufacturing facility in Medford, Oregon for delivery to South Korea’ Forest Service
S-64E Completes its First Transmission Line in UK, 05-Mar-18 : Erickson S-64E air crane with Balfour Beatty to build a transmission line for Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSE) connecting Dorenell Wind Farm between Aberdeen and Inverness
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 |