Sikorsky CH-54 Skycrane
   The CH-54 was built to provide a minimum 'backbone' airframe beneath which a close-fitting or suspended heavy payload could be supported. 
   It was Sikorsky's first crane helicopter.  It began as the S-60, a research vehicle designed and built from funds shared between the U.S. Navy and the parent company. Work on the design started in May 1958, but the project soon evolved into the larger S-64. It was first flown on 9 May 1962.  After evaluation of the original prototype, the U.S. Army placed a pre-series order in June 1963 for six S-64A's and gave them the military designation CH-54A. Five of these were delivered and have operated with some distinction with the 478th Aviation Company supporting the U.S. Army's 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam.  Eighteen more were ordered in 1966, and total orders stood at about sixty in 1968. The Skycrane can lift trucks, palletized containers holding a field hospital unit, 48 casualty litters, 67 troops or 10,382kg of cargo; one CH-54A in Vietnam has successfully lifted 87 troops.

CH-54 Skycrane
Standard Series.  1/48th scale.  17" rotor spread x 17.5" long.
  No. AHA7D-ST.  Only $179.95     
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