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Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe (N178AC) - "DO NOT START ROTORS YET"....  Crew Chief from Erickson Aviation conducting pre-flight inspection.
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Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe (N178AC)


"DO NOT START ROTORS YET".... Crew Chief from Erickson Aviation conducting pre-flight inspection.


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These aircraft have been redesignated as S-64 Aircanes (This is an F model) since Erickson owns the Type Certificate now. :)

Great shot.
These are the most amazing helicopters on the planet IMHO.

Always reminds me of Thunderbird 2! :-)
Paul Barrett
Thunderbirds are GO!
Kirk Saxon
Awesome Helicopter !
Matt Smith
Actually I've always reserved Thunderbird 2 for the McD / Boeing now C-17, but this would work as well.
Matt Smith
Anyone know if these are designed with a "standard" shipping container in mind?
ken kemperPhoto Uploader
Thank you wylann, Paul,Red Comet, Hertz & Matt for your commentary.
Nope, negotiations for a "standard" for shipping containers had not yet been started when the USAF placed the first Operational Aircraft Order for these beasts. That said, the pin & clevis attach points you can see in the picture were designed for "maximum load flexibility" (Sikorski promo brochure). I strongly suspect any good fab-shop could put together an under-frame with controls that could pick and latch a full-size standard container in a matter of seconds. Might take them a few weeks to build the first one. After that you'd be out scrounging for flyable Sky-Cranes...
"Clear Prop" - What an amazing piece of machinery. Great pic!!
Edward Ludwig
The CH-54 Army model beat the F4 phantom in a time to climb contest to 10,ooo ft. It could sling load a caterpillar D6 dozer with no strain.
ken kemperPhoto Uploader

That is an amazing piece of Aviation Trivia............

It was a real treat to see this Sky Crane land at our humble airport to refuel. The captain said their range is only 200 miles between fuel stops.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
26-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Prineville () 12:22PM PDT 01:10PM PDT (?) 0:48
25-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Blm () 01:02PM PDT 01:48PM PDT 0:46
24-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Prineville () 03:25PM PDT 04:14PM PDT 0:49
23-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Prineville () 01:22PM PDT 02:08PM PDT (?) 0:46
22-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Prineville () 01:02PM PDT 01:47PM PDT (?) 0:45
21-Mar-2023 UnknownHideaway ()Prineville () 04:56PM PDT 05:40PM PDT (?) 0:43
21-Mar-2023 UnknownNear Redmond, ORHideaway () First seen 04:16PM PDT Last seen 04:36PM PDT 0:20
21-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Near Redmond, OR 03:58PM PDT Last seen 04:04PM PDT 0:06
21-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Prineville () 02:36PM PDT 02:59PM PDT 0:23
21-Mar-2023 UnknownHideaway ()Blm () 02:18PM PDT 02:23PM PDT 0:04
21-Mar-2023 UnknownBlm ()Hideaway () 01:30PM PDT 02:17PM PDT (?) 0:47
21-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Blm () 08:26AM PDT 08:52AM PDT (?) 0:26
20-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Prineville () 02:59PM PDT 03:45PM PDT (?) 0:46
20-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Prineville () 02:53PM PDT 02:56PM PDT (?) 0:03
20-Mar-2023 UnknownHideaway ()Blm () 01:25PM PDT 01:34PM PDT 0:09
20-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Prineville () 12:12PM PDT 12:47PM PDT (?) 0:34
20-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Prineville () 09:11AM PDT 10:53AM PDT (?) 1:42
19-Mar-2023 UnknownBlm ()Prineville () 03:51PM PDT 04:41PM PDT 0:50
19-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Prineville () 02:48PM PDT 03:36PM PDT (?) 0:47
19-Mar-2023 UnknownBlm ()Prineville () 12:25PM PDT 01:56PM PDT 1:31
19-Mar-2023 UnknownBlm ()Blm () 09:07AM PDT 11:03AM PDT (?) 1:55
18-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Prineville () 03:45PM PDT 05:42PM PDT 1:57
18-Mar-2023 UnknownNear Redmond, ORPrineville () First seen 02:41PM PDT Last seen 02:56PM PDT 0:14
18-Mar-2023 UnknownBlm ()Hideaway () 01:56PM PDT 02:19PM PDT (?) 0:23
18-Mar-2023 UnknownBlm ()Prineville () 12:37PM PDT 01:41PM PDT 1:04
18-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Blm () 10:20AM PDT 11:18AM PDT (?) 0:57
18-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Prineville () 09:18AM PDT 10:08AM PDT 0:50
17-Mar-2023 UnknownBlm ()Prineville () 04:32PM PDT 05:27PM PDT (?) 0:55
17-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Prineville () 02:27PM PDT 03:28PM PDT 1:01
17-Mar-2023 UnknownBlm ()Prineville () 01:04PM PDT 02:00PM PDT 0:56
17-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Blm () 10:39AM PDT 11:38AM PDT (?) 0:59
17-Mar-2023 UnknownPrineville ()Prineville () 09:28AM PDT 10:39AM PDT 1:10
16-Mar-2023 UnknownRogue Valley Intl ()Prineville () 02:33PM PDT 03:52PM PDT (?) 1:19
16-Mar-2023 UnknownRogue Valley Intl ()Rogue Valley Intl () 12:40PM PDT 12:54PM PDT 0:14
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