SIKORSKY CH-54 TARHE

CH-54 SERVICE

Manufacturer: Sikorsky Aircraft Division, United Aircraft Corp., Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
Model: S-64
Designation: H-54 (CH-54)
Names: Tarhe; Skycrane / Aircrane (civil)
First official flight: (Model S-64A) 09/05/1962
(YCH-54A) 1964
Factory production period: 1961 - 1975
Primary service period: 1965 - 1993
Last official flight: (CH-54B) 1993

CH-54 VARIANTS AND PRODUCTION

Developed from the 1959 Sikorsky Model S-60 Skycrane using Sikorsky
Model S-56 components and flying with civil reg.: N807. Crashed during
tests in 1961.

Model S-64 Skycrane
1962, prototype, twin-engined, 6-bladed rotor,
company owned heavy-lift helicopter.
Produced 1961 - 1962

Sikorsky Bridgeport, Connecticut

N325Y (civil reg.) 64-001 Total: 01

Model S-64A Skycrane
1962, as Model S-64, evaluation helicopters
for W. German military with s/n: D-9510, D9511.
Produced 1962

Sikorsky Bridgeport, Connecticut

N305Y (civil reg.) 64-002  
N306Y (civil reg.) 64-003 Total: 02

Military Helicopters

YCH-54A
1964, Model S-64A, prototypes for
US Army evaluation fitted with a
detachable fuselage pod.
Produced 1964 - 1965

Sikorsky Bridgeport, Connecticut (SI)

64-14202 / 64-14207 64-004 / 64-009

Total: 06

CH-54A
1966, Model S-64A, as YCH-54A, 
production version.
Produced 1966 - 1968

Sikorsky Bridgeport, Connecticut (SI)

66-18408 / 66-18413 64-010 / 64-015  
67-18414 / 67-18431 64-016 / 64-033  
68-18432 / 68-18455 64-034 / 64-057  
68-18456 / 68-18461 64-061 / 64-066 Total: 54

CH-54B
1968, Model S-64B, as CH-54A,
engine upgrade, dual main wheels.
Produced 1968 - 1971

Sikorsky Bridgeport, Connecticut (SI)

69-18462 64-067  
69-18463 / 69-18471 64-070 / 64-078  
69-18472 / 69-18484 64-080 / 64-092  
70-18485 / 70-18490 64-093 / 64-098 Total: 29
8 (71-18491 / 71-18498), additional airframes cancelled.

Universal Pod
22 additional detachable, fuselage Universal Pods
built for CH-54A / B with s/n: 68-18578 / 68-18599.

Civil Helicopters

Model S-64E Skycrane
1968, as CH-54A, commercial version.
Produced 1968 - 1969, 1975

Sikorsky Bridgeport, Connecticut

civil reg. 64-058 / 64-060

 

civil reg. 64-079  
civil reg. 64-099 / 64-101 Total: 07
2 (c/n: 64-068, 64-069), additional airframes cancelled.

 

Grand Total: 99

CH-54 CONVERSIONS

Military Conversions

US Army

GCH-54A 2

CH-54A, ground instructional conversions.

Civil Conversions

Erickson S-64E / F Aircrane

41

7 S-64 / 34 CH-54 variants, 1972-present, re-manufactured airframes with numerous
design and systems improvements for the civil commercial market.
S-64E: 1972-present, 26 equivalent to the S-64 / CH-54A variants.
1 S-64E rebuilt in 1997 as S-64E1 with new c/n: 64-1001.
S-64F: 1993-present, 15 equivalent to the CH-54B variant.
Conversions by Erickson Air-Crane Inc., Oregon who since 1992 have owned
airframe design and manufacturing rights.

CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - Many CH-54 Tarhe helicopters sold on the civil market for heavy-lift duties.

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