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Sikorsky Aircraft S-64 Skycrane (CH-54 Tarhe)

Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane © Brian Lockett
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S-64 Skycrane (CH-54 Tarhe)

Air-Crane Helicopter

The Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane (CH-54 Tarhe) is a heavy twin-engined crane helicopter produced by the American manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft. The US Army was the main operator of the S-64 with 54 CH-54A and 35 CH-54B.
Propulsion2 Turboshaft Engines
Engine ModelPratt & Whitney T73-700
Engine Power (each)3579 kW4800 shp
Speed202 km/h109 kts
  125 mph
Service Ceiling2.743 m9.000 ft
Range370 km200 NM
230 mi.
Empty Weight8.981 kg19.800 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight21.318 kg46.998 lbs
Rotor Blades (main/tail)6/46/4
Main Rotor Diameter21,95 m72,0 ft
Tail Rotor Diameter4,88 m16,0 ft
Rotor Disc Area378,4 m4073 ft
Length (Fuselage)21,41 m70,2 ft
Length26,97 m88,5 ft
Height5,67 m18,6 ft
First Flight09.05.1962
Production Statusin production
Production Range1962-1975, 1992-
Total Production>105
ICAO CodeS64
Data for (Version)Sikorsky CH-54B (S-64F)
VariantsS-64E, S-64F, CH-54A, CH-54B
In 1992 the American company Erickson Air-Crane took over the type certificate including all production rights from Sikorsky. Erickson renamed the helicopter Erickson S-64 Aircrane. The CH-54s were retired from Army service in 1995.

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