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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 Total: 121

Crew: 3

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

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

Hardpoints: 0
Armament Suite:

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.

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