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What is Vertipedia?Vertipedia is a comprehensive online reference for vertical lift aircraft. Our goal is to provide high-quality information on aircraft design and configuration, key physical and performance characteristics, and rotors and powerplants to industry, academia and the public.
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Help Vertipedia grow!Vertipedia currently contains data on 350 aircraft and 213 powerplants. 188 organizations are also represented, including manufacturers, operators and design authorities.
On September 30 in the history of vertical flight:
Featured AircraftOur latest featured aircraft for September is the Erickson S-64F/CH-54B Aircrane .
Entering service as the Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe heavy-lift helicopter, this aircraft became known as the S-64 Aircrane when Erickson Air-Crane purchased the type certificates, as well as manufacturing and support rights, from Sikorsky in 1992. The S-64F models are upgraded, certified CH-54B aircraft, with remanufactured airframes.
Used in construction, logging, and firefighting around the world, these aircraft set several flight records, many of which are still current. For example, in 1971 a S-64F/CH-54B set a record for highest altitude in level flight (11,010 m, or 36,122 ft) that still stands today.
The Aircranes are unique in that they feature an aft-facing position for load master or engineer. The aircraft can be piloted from this position. While three crew are employed when carrying external loads, only two crew (as per EASA TCDS No. EASA.IM.R.003 page 6) are required to fly the aircraft.
Note that while Vertipedia aims to be the internet's most comprehensive source for information on vertical lift aircraft, we are still missing a few data points on the S-64F, such as operational RPM range for the tail rotor, as well as out of ground effect hover ceiling. If you are familiar with this information and can provide specific, accurate citations for it, please contact the Vertipedia team! If we are able to use your data, we'll provide a free download of a paper (your choice) from the AHS Store/Library -- our way of saying "thanks" for your help and for getting involved with Vertipedia!
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