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

Air-Crane Helicopter

Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe United States Army 68-18437 64-039 © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
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.
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.
Crew2
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 m²4073 ft²
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
FAA TCDSH1EA, H4EA, H6EA
EASA TCDSR.003
Data for (Version)Sikorsky CH-54B (S-64F)
VariantsS-64E, S-64F, CH-54A, CH-54B

[Photo-ID: 11190] © Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe, United States Army, 68-18437, c/n 64-039,© Karsten Palt, 2015Sikorsky
CH-54A Tarhe
United States Army
Reg.: 68-18437
c/n: 64-039
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 11191] © Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe, United States Army, 68-18437, c/n 64-039,© Karsten Palt, 2015Sikorsky
CH-54A Tarhe
United States Army
Reg.: 68-18437
c/n: 64-039
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]