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Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe / Erickson S-64 Skycrane Heavy-Lift Cargo Helicopter (1962)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 8/22/2011

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Specifications for the
Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe / Erickson S-64 Skycrane
Heavy-Lift Cargo Helicopter


Focus Model: Sikorsky CH-54B Tarhe
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Sikorsky Aircraft / Erickson Air-Crane - USA
Initial Year of Service: 1962
Production: 121


Crew: 3


Length: 88.48ft (26.97m)
Width: 72.01ft (21.95m)
Height: 25.43ft (7.75m)
Weight (Empty): 19,798lbs (8,980kg)
Weight (MTOW): 46,297lbs (21,000kg)


Powerplant: 2 x Pratt & Whitney T73-P-700 turboshaft engines developing 4,800 shaft horsepower each powering a six-blade main rotor and a four-blade tail rotor.


Maximum Speed: 149mph (240kmh; 130kts)
Maximum Range: 230miles (370km)
Service Ceiling: 18,373ft (5,600m; 3.5miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 1,330 feet per minute (405m/min)


Hardpoints: 0
Armament Suite:
None.


Variants:
YCH-54A - Six Pre-Production Aircraft


CH-54A - Initial Production Model; fitted with 2 x T-73-P1 series turboshaft engines of 4,500 shaft horsepower; 54 examples produced.

CH-54B - Second Production Model; increased weight; based on the CH-54A; fitted with 2 x T-73-P700 turboshaft engines of 4,800 shaft horsepower; 29 examples produced.

S-64 "Skycrane" - Civilian Variant of the US Army CH-54 Tarhe; 3 examples produced.

S-64A - Evaluation Models for the US Army; 6 examples delivered.

S-64E - Civilian Version based on the CH-54A production model for the US Army; 7 examples produced.

S-64 "Aircrane" - Current Civilian Production Form.

S-64E - Upgraded CH-54A production models; single new-build example.

S-64F - UPgraded CH-54B production models; fitted with 2 x Pratt & Whitney JFTD12-5A series engines.


Operators:
Canada; Italy; South Korea; United States