SIKORSKY Uh-19B CHICKSAW

SIKORSKY UH-19B CHICKASAW

In 1948 Sikorsky Aircraft began design of the Chikasaw for use as a cargo and personnel carrier.  In order to maximize the size of the cabin the helicopter’s engine was placed in the nose.  This allowed the cargo area to reside directly on the center of gravity, minimizing the effects of different loads on the helicopter’s balance.  The first UH-19 flew in November 1949.  The H-19 was adopted by the U.S. Air Force in 1951.  Most were assigned to rescue duties and had a hoist installed above the cabin door.  The Chikasaw was eventually adopted by every branch of the U.S. military, the U.S. Coast Guard, and several foreign nations.  It was the first helicopter approved for civil certification in the United States.  A version called the Whirlwind was built in England by Westland.

Rotor Diameter

53 ft

Length

42 ft 3 in.

Height

13 ft 4 in.

Weight

7,900 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

112 MPH

Service Ceiling

15,000 ft

Range

360 miles

Engine

One Wright R-1300-13 radial with 800 horsepower

Crew

2

Manufacturer
Sikorsky

Markings
534th Air Defense Group, Kinross AFB, Michigan

Designation
UH-19B

Registration
N2256G

Serial Number
52-7537

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