Sikorsky VH-34C Choctaw

Sirkorsky VH-34C Choctaw

The U.S. Army selected the Sikorsky Choctaw in 1955 as a medium lift cargo and troop transport.  Built as the CH-34A between 1955 and February of 1959, there were 426 Choctaws delivered to the Army.  Others were delivered to the United States Air Force and Navy.   Beginning in 1958 the Choctaw was upgraded to CH-34C standards with the installation of auto-stabilization systems to allow all-weather operations.  Beginning in 1958, several Choctaws were converted to VIP transports for use by the Executive Flight Detachment, and provided helicopter transport for the President until the end of 1964 when all Presidential helicopter operations were transferred to the Marine Corps.  The last Choctaw was retired from U.S. military service in 1974.

Rotor Diameter

56 ft

Length

46 ft 9 in.

Height

15 ft 11 in.

Weight

14,000 (loaded)

Maximum Speed

123 mph

Service Ceiling

9,500 ft

Range

182 miles

Engine

One Wright R-1820-84 radial with 1,525 horsepower

Crew

2 pilots, 12-18 passengers

Manufacturer
SIKORSKY

Markings
Executive Flight Detachment, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, 1960.

Serial Number
57-1684

Designation
VH-34C

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