1956 to 1970





US Army Aviation s-56 H-37




My commanding officer Major Fredrick Dawson, 90th Transportation Company, 8th Bn. set many records in these H-37, among them was the amount of fully equipped troops(48) plus extras and lifting off highest mountain heaviest load(another H-37). I served as his company clerk for two and a half years at Illeshiem Army Airfield, Illeshiem, Germany. June 1962 thru December 1964. Walter Kern (Zych)
My father was a CH-37 pilot at Illsheim, Germany from 1962-1964. CW3 Clarence (Cal) Gatewood. I remember the airfiled and base. Does anyone know my father? He passedaway in 2005. Donald Gatewood, Virginia Beach.
The H-37 was a powerful twin engine with 5 main rotor blades capable of carrying 26 at a speed of 150 mph (240 km/h). This was a large hellicopter, the size of a DC-3 aircraft. Known as the Mojave, the US Army used them in the late 50s because of their carrying capacity of troops and easy load through the two front clam shell doors. The engines were two Pratt and whitney double Wasp 2800 piston engines. They were used by the US Army and Marines pretty much exclusive and they had the ability to load or unload while hoovering which made them very universal. At the time of delivery the H-37 was the larger hellicpter in the western world. Steve Barusso 101st Airbourne div.


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Units

YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
1957/654 TCDE Hanau
Lawson AAF / Fort Benning



Construction Numbers Help Us

C/NModBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    56-006 h-37a 1956     54-993: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-006, ff:?; del US Army as H-37A, 54-99+
    56-010 h-37a 1956     54-994: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-010, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 54-99+
- N50119: ex 54-994, DM XK028
    56-012 h-37a 1956     54-995: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-012, ff:?; del US Army as H-37A, 54-99+
    56-014 h-37a 1956     54-996: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-014, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 54-99+
- N50174: ex 54-996, DM XK...
    56-018 h-37a 1957     54-997: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-018, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 54-99+
Aircrane Inc N50226: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978
    56-022 h-37a 1957     54-998: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-022, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 54-99+
    54-0998: Sep66 to Jan69 with 4th Avn.Co in Germany at Oberschliesshei+
Aircrane Inc N50253: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978
    56-025 h-37a 1957     54-999: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-025, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 54-99+
    56-028 h-37a 1957     54-1000: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-028, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 54-10+
Aircrane Inc N51891: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978
    56-030 h-37a 1957     54-1001: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-030, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 54-10+
    56-033 h-37a 1957     55-610: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-033, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-61+
    56-036 h-37a 1957     55-611: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-036, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-61+
    56-037 h-37a 1957     55-612: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-037, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-61+
    56-039 h-37a 1957     55-613: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-039, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-61+
    56-040 h-37a 1957     55-614: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-040, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-61+
    56-042 h-37a 1957     55-615: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-042, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-61+
    56-043 h-37a 1957     55-616: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-043, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-61+
Aircrane Inc N51892: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978
    56-044 h-37a 1957     55-617: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-044, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-61+
    56-045 h-37a 1957     55-618: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-045, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-61+
    56-047 h-37a 1957     55-619: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-047, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-61+
    56-048 h-37a 1957     55-620: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-048, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-62+
    56-049 h-37a 1957     55-621: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-049, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-62+
    56-050 h-37a 1957     55-622: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-050, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-62+
    56-051 h-37a 1957     55-623: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-051, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-62+
Aircrane Inc N51893: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978
    56-052 h-37a 1957     55-624: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-052, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-62+
    56-053 h-37a 1957     55-625: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-053, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-62+
    56-054 h-37a 1957     55-626: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-054, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-62+
    56-056 h-37a 1958     55-627: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-056, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-62+
    56-057 h-37a 1958     55-628: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-057, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-62+
    56-058 h-37a 1958     55-629: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-058, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-62+
    56-061 h-37a 1958     55-630: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-061, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-63+
    56-063 h-37a 1958     55-631: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-063, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-63+
    56-064 h-37a 1958     55-632: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-064, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-63+
    56-066 h-37a 1958     55-633: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-066, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-63+
    56-067 h-37a 1958     55-634: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-067, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-63+
    56-068 h-37a 1958     55-635: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-068, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-63+
    56-071 h-37a 1958     55-636: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-071, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-63+
Aircrane Inc N51894: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978, MASDC-XK0031
    56-072 h-37a 1958     55-637: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-072, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-63+
    56-073 h-37a 1958     55-638: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-073, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-63+
    56-074 h-37a 1958     55-639: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-074, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-63+
    56-077 h-37a 1958     55-640: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-077, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-64+
    56-078 h-37a 1958     55-641: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-078, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-64+
Aircrane Inc N50086: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978, MASDC-XK0018
    56-079 h-37a 1958     55-642: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-079, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-64+
    56-080 h-37a 1958     55-643: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-080, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-64+
Aircrane Inc N51896: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978, MASDC-XK0024
    56-082 h-37a 1958     55-644: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-082, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-64+
    56-083 h-37a 1958     55-645: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-083, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-64+
    56-084 h-37a 1958     55-646: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-084, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-64+
    56-085 h-37a 1958     55-647: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-085, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-64+
Aircrane Inc N51897: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978, MASDC-XK0020
    56-088 h-37a 1958     55-648: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-088, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-64+
    56-089 h-37a 1958     55-649: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-089, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-64+
    56-090 h-37a 1958     55-650: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-090, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-65+
Aircrane Inc N51899: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978, MASDC-XK0014
    56-094 h-37a 1958     57-1642: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-094, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
    56-097 h-37a 1958     57-1643: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-097, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
    56-098 h-37a 1958     57-1644: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-098, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
    56-101 h-37a 1958     57-1645: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-101, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
    56-104 h-37a 1958     57-1646: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-104, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
Aircrane Inc N93017: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978, MASDC-XK0013

- 57-1646: Nov13 at Classic Rotors Museum Ramona, CA www.rotors.or+
    56-105 h-37a 1958     57-1647: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-105, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
    56-108 h-37a 1958     57-1648: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-108, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
    56-109 h-37a 1958     57-1649: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-109, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
    56-112 h-37a 1959     57-1650: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-112, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
    56-113 h-37a 1958     57-1651: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-113, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
- N14462: private Fort Eustis, VA, canc 2011, rtn Army
    56-116 h-37a 1959     57-1652: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-116, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
Aircrane Inc N51901: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978, MASDC-XK0017
    56-117 h-37a 1959     57-1653: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-117, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
    N469: Aircraft Engineering Section, Atlantic City, NJ Feb/Nov 1963
Aircrane Inc N51905: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978
    56-119 h-37a 1959     57-1654: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-119, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
    56-120 h-37a 1959     57-1655: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-120, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
    56-121 h-37a 1959     57-1656: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-121, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
    56-122 h-37a 1959     57-1657: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-122, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
Aircrane Inc N51907: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978, MASDC-XK0025
    56-124 h-37a 1959     57-1658: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-124, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
Aircrane Inc N51908: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978, MASDC-XK0027
    56-125 h-37a 1959     57-1659: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-125, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
Aircrane Inc N51910: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978
    56-126 h-37a 1959     57-1660: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-126, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
- N7069: Keystone Helicopter Corp 1972-2011
    56-127 h-37a 1959     57-1661: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-127, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 57-16+
    56-128 h-37a 1959     58-983: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-128, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-98+
    56-129 h-37a 1959     58-984: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-129, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-98+
Aircrane Inc N51917: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978, MASDC-XK0003
    56-130 h-37a 1959     58-985: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-130, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-98+
    56-131 h-37a 1959     58-986: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-131, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-98+
Aircrane Inc N51914: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978, MASDC-XK0004
    56-132 h-37a 1959     58-987: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-132, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-98+
- N51918: ex 58-987, DM XK009
    56-133 h-37a 1959     58-988: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-133, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-98+
    56-134 h-37a 1959     58-989: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-134, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-98+
Aircrane Inc N51915: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978, MASDC-XK0029
    56-135 h-37a 1959     58-990: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-135, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-99+
Aircrane Inc N51919: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978
    56-136 h-37a 1959     58-991: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-136, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-99+
Aircrane Inc N51921: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978, MASDC-XK0012
    56-137 h-37a 1959     58-992: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-137, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-99+
Aircrane Inc N51916: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978, MASDC-XK0002
    56-138 h-37a 1959     58-993: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-138, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-99+
    56-139 h-37a 1959     58-994: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-139, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-99+
    56-140 h-37a 1959     58-995: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-140, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-99+
    56-141 h-37a 1959     58-996: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-141, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-99+
    56-142 h-37a 1960     58-997: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-142, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-99+
    56-143 h-37a 1960     58-998: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-143, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-99+
    56-144 h-37a 1960     58-999: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-144, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-99+
Aircrane Inc N51923: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978

- 58-999: 19may13 pictured preserved at Evergreen Air and Space M+
    56-145 h-37a 1960     58-1000: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-145, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-10+
Aircrane Inc N51925: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978, MASDC-XK0008
    56-146 h-37a 1960     58-1001: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-146, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-10+
    56-147 h-37a 1960     58-1002: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-147, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-10+
Aircrane Inc N51926: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978
    56-148 h-37a 1960     58-1003: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-148, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-10+
    56-149 h-37a 1960     58-1004: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-149, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-10+
Aircrane Inc N51927: Aircrane Inc, West Chester, PA 1978, MASDC-XK0021
    56-150 h-37a 1960     58-1005: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-150, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-10+
    56-151 h-37a 1960     58-1006: Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-151, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 58-10+
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