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ken kemper
Grant...

Awesome pic
Michael Rogers
I remember when the Alabama National Guard had these with the "cargo box" attached. Our unit had a all volunteer FTX on a weekend and we boarded and flew from Hamilton, Al to Birmingham and refueled and flew on to Ft. Rucker in South Alabama. It was a cold day in December and it was COLD in that box. Great memory though.
brian dubey
We had one of two of these CH=54 in my First Cav Division when I was in country from November 1967 to December 1968, But I never saw it is action picking up downed Helicopters.The CH-54 Tarhe, also called Skycrane or flying insect, was manufactured by Sikorsky. The nickname Skycrane derives from its heavy load cargo lifting mission. As for insect-it’s a nickname given by pilots for its unusual design. During the Vietnam War this versatile helicopter was used for various missions, including recovery, rescue, infantry transport, medical supply and even armor transport operations.

The CH-54 helicopter is equipped with a crane in the center of the fuselage that is operated by a co-pilot or an engineer from the backside of the pilots’ cabin. The crane operator has an good view of what is happening beneath. The Tarhe demonstrated the very best capabilities in combat, climbing with maximum speed of 100 km/h even being overloaded. During the Vietnam War the CH-54 Tarhe was one of the safest US Army's helicopters to fly. In comparison to the AH-1 Cobra and UH-1 Iroquois the losses of CH-54 helicopters was minimal. Also it was unique by having a tremendous lifting power. In Vietnam War the Skycrane had to cope with loads such as damaged air and ground vehicles. It also took significant role in military engineering projects such as building bridges and fortifications.

The CH-54 has an maximum external payload capacity of 12 t. Its unique shape allowed to handle all kinds of loads. Two engines are located on top of the fuselage and rear landing gear is situated wide. This allows to carry different kinds of containers. This helicopter is also compatible with a universal military cargo pod.

The CH-54 has been retired from the US military service in 1991. However due to its versatility it is still used by some government and civil operators. The CH-54 helicopter is used for civilian purposes such as construction and fire-fighting. NASA is one of the most important operators of this air vehicle.

In 1992 Erickson Air-Crane purchased the manufacturing rights for the Sikorsky S-64, a civil version of the CH-54. This helicopter is still in production.

brian dubey
We had one of two of these CH=54 in my First Cav Division when I was in country from November 1967 to December 1968, But I never saw it is action picking up downed Helicopters.The CH-54 Tarhe, also called Skycrane or flying insect, was manufactured by Sikorsky. The nickname Skycrane derives from its heavy load cargo lifting mission. As for insect-it’s a nickname given by pilots for its unusual design. During the Vietnam War this versatile helicopter was used for various missions, including recovery, rescue, infantry transport, medical supply and even armor transport operations.

The CH-54 helicopter is equipped with a crane in the center of the fuselage that is operated by a co-pilot or an engineer from the backside of the pilots’ cabin. The crane operator has an good view of what is happening beneath. The Tarhe demonstrated the very best capabilities in combat, climbing with maximum speed of 100 km/h even being overloaded. During the Vietnam War the CH-54 Tarhe was one of the safest US Army's helicopters to fly. In comparison to the AH-1 Cobra and UH-1 Iroquois the losses of CH-54 helicopters was minimal. Also it was unique by having a tremendous lifting power. In Vietnam War the Skycrane had to cope with loads such as damaged air and ground vehicles. It also took significant role in military engineering projects such as building bridges and fortifications.

The CH-54 has an maximum external payload capacity of 12 t. Its unique shape allowed to handle all kinds of loads. Two engines are located on top of the fuselage and rear landing gear is situated wide. This allows to carry different kinds of containers. This helicopter is also compatible with a universal military cargo pod.

The CH-54 has been retired from the US military service in 1991. However due to its versatility it is still used by some government and civil operators. The CH-54 helicopter is used for civilian purposes such as construction and fire-fighting. NASA is one of the most important operators of this air vehicle.

In 1992 Erickson Air-Crane purchased the manufacturing rights for the Sikorsky S-64, a civil version of the CH-54. This helicopter is still in production.

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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
01-Aug-2021 S64Araxos ()Near Kalamata 04:13PM EEST Last seen 06:07PM EEST 1:53
01-Aug-2021 S64Araxos ()Araxos () 10:56AM EEST 12:55PM EEST 1:58
01-Aug-2021 S64Araxos ()Araxos () 07:42AM EEST 09:11AM EEST 1:28
31-Jul-2021 S64Araxos ()Araxos () 08:21PM EEST 09:09PM EEST 0:48
31-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataAraxos () First seen 04:18PM EEST 05:25PM EEST 1:07
31-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataNear Kalamata First seen 02:44PM EEST Last seen 02:53PM EEST 0:09
29-Jul-2021 S64Araxos ()Near Kalamata 09:28AM EEST Last seen 11:29AM EEST 2:01
29-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataAraxos () First seen 06:46AM EEST 08:42AM EEST 1:56
28-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataNear Kalamata First seen 06:26PM EEST Last seen 08:21PM EEST 1:55
27-Jul-2021 S64Megara ()Near Kalamata 07:24PM EEST Last seen 08:15PM EEST 0:51
27-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataMegara () First seen 02:07PM EEST 02:34PM EEST 0:27
27-Jul-2021 S64Andravida ()Near Kalamata 11:24AM EEST Last seen 01:02PM EEST 1:38
27-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataAndravida () First seen 08:27AM EEST 10:24AM EEST 1:56
25-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataNear Kalamata First seen 06:56PM EEST Last seen 08:41PM EEST 1:45
25-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataNear Kalamata First seen 04:01PM EEST Last seen 05:53PM EEST 1:52
25-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataNear Kalamata First seen 01:26PM EEST Last seen 03:17PM EEST 1:50
25-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataNear Kalamata First seen 10:45AM EEST Last seen 12:29PM EEST 1:44
24-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataNear Kalamata First seen 08:07PM EEST Last seen 08:58PM EEST 0:50
24-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataNear Kalamata First seen 05:35PM EEST Last seen 07:17PM EEST 1:41
24-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataNear Kalamata First seen 02:58PM EEST Last seen 04:44PM EEST 1:45
24-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataNear Kalamata First seen 09:07AM EEST Last seen 10:55AM EEST 1:48
24-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataNear Kalamata First seen 06:26AM EEST Last seen 08:10AM EEST 1:43
23-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataNear Kalamata First seen 06:29PM EEST Last seen 08:19PM EEST 1:50
23-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataNear Kalamata First seen 03:54PM EEST Last seen 05:38PM EEST 1:44
23-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataNear Kalamata First seen 01:33PM EEST Last seen 03:05PM EEST 1:31
19-Jul-2021 S64Near KalamataNear Kalamata First seen 10:55AM EEST Last seen 11:47AM EEST 0:52
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