Helicopter Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane. Specifications. A photo.
Helicopter Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane. Specifications. A photo.

Helicopter Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane. Specifications. A photo.


Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane - American transport helicopter high payload capacity, available aircraft companies «Sikorsky Aircraft» and «Erickson Air-Crane» with 1962 years.


Photo Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane


Development of the aircraft was initially conducted exclusively Aircraft Company «Sikorsky Aircraft» on the basis of a US military helicopter Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe, at the same time, the appearance of the aircraft remained almost unchanged, however, the functionality of this helicopter was able to greatly increase.

Due to the wide functionality of the Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane helicopter, it is used in a wide variety of industries, including construction, when transporting bulky cargo weighing up to 10325 kilograms, when assembling structures, etc. Despite its more than 50-year history, the helicopter is still actively used today.


Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane photo


Because of the design features of the helicopter Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane, it is not suitable for the transport of people on your board, and the crew of the aircraft consists mainly of 5 people, including three pilots and two engineers control the cargo transportation process.

At first glance it may seem that the aircraft Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane due to its fairly large dimensions is very unstable during the flight, however, in view of an empty inner space rather, the aircraft has good maneuverability, thus providing the opportunity to work even in the hard to reach places.


Helicopter Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane


Since the helicopter is a transport aircraft, a rather powerful power plant is used here, consisting of three Pratt & Whitney JFTD12-4A gas turbine engines (depending on modification). Due to the peculiarities of the operational capabilities of the helicopter, its flight speed is quite limited, and is about 170 km / h, while the maximum flight distance, which is about 370 kilometers, has obvious limitations.

American aircraft manufacturer «Sikorsky Aircraft» helicopter model Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane produced in three basic versions:

  • Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane - The basic production version of the helicopter;
  • Sikorsky S-64A Skycrane - Version adapted to the needs of the US Armed Forces;
  • Sikorsky S-64B Skycrane - Improved modification of civil helicopters.


Among other things, this aircraft since 1992 years produced also aircraft building company «Erickson Air-Crane», which includes these two options, such as:

  • Erickson S-64E AirCrane - Basic version developed on the basis of the version of Sikorsky CH-54A;
  • Erickson S-64F AirCrane - a modified version equipped with two Pratt & Whitney JFTD12-5A engines.


According to official data, during the entire production period were built more than a hundred helicopters of this type.


Specifications Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane.


  • Crew: 5 people;
  • Capacity: none;
  • helicopter length: 21,41 m .;
  • The height of the helicopter: 5,67 m .;
  • The diameter of the rotor: 21,96 m .;
  • Weight of empty helicopter: 8724 kg. (Depending on the modify);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 19050 kg. (Depending on the modify);
  • Cruising speed: 170 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 203 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 370 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 2800 m .;
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney JFTD12-4 (depending on modification);
  • Power: 2 × 4500 hp (Depending on the modify)


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