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Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe (6718418)

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Sikorsky CH-64A Skycrane (S-64, CH-54 Tarhe, c/n 64-020), US Army Reg. 67-18418, on sticks as a permanent static display.
This is the first picture of 67-18418 to be posted into FA's photo gallery.
In 1968, this Sikorsky was assigned to the 478th Heavy Helicopter Company in Da Nang. It was given the name "Big Mother."

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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Copy the web addy below and paste it into a Search Engine to view a photo, taken in Da Nang in 1968, of 67-18418 (known as "Big Mother" in the pic) being prepared for a bombing mission.

http://i.imgur.com/vUF36j3.jpg
C.W. Reed
Guess that was a "One" and "Done" bomb! Thanks, Gary!!
cliff731
Gary - Thanks for sharing this one and that great photo link too!

Here's Joe Baugher's published history of this Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe, assigned U.S. Army s/n 67-18418...

"18418 (MSN 64020) 355th Aviation Company (Heavy Helicopter) "Workhorse", 4th Army, Fort Sill, OK. 478th Aviation Heavy Helicopter Company Hurricanes, 1st Cavalry Division, South Vietnam. 137th Transportation Company (Heavy Helicopter), Kansas Army National Guard. Nevada Army National Guard preserved at Reno National Guard Base, Stead Airport, NV".

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1967.html
Greg Byington
Nice shot, Gary! And that is quite a large bomb! I don't remember ever seeing one like that, let alone having it attached to a helicopter.
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Hi, Greg and C.W. Sure is. If only conventional bombs are counted, that one could actually be described as the Vietnam era's MOAB. When compared to the present day MOAB, that one "ain't squat" (lol), but I'll bet it packed quite a wallop back in the 60s. Cliff .. Hey, much Thanx. How do you find the info so quickly? Takes me forever to locate the correct a/c among all those birds listed on J.B.'s site. (Wave)
cliff731
Gary... you are very welcome, sir! Indeed, you made my search for the info infinitely easy by virtue of providing the complete U.S. Army s/n for this a/c!!! :-)
Tom Vance
I hope the Skycrane was carrying a "Daisy Cutter"......BOOM!!!! :) 5x wow pic and angle!
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