Sikorsky UH-19B Chickasaw

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Sikorsky
Markings
534th Air Defense Group, Kinross AFB, Michigan
Designation
UH-19B
Registration
N2256G
Serial Number
52-7537

Sikorsky UH-19B Chickasaw

In 1948 Sikorsky Aircraft began design of the Chickasaw 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 U.S. Air Force adopted the H-19 in 1951. Most were assigned to rescue duties and had a hoist installed above the cabin door. Every branch of the U.S. military, the U.S. Coast Guard, and several foreign nations eventually adopted the Chickasaw. It was the first helicopter approved for civil certification in the United States. A version called the Whirlwind was built in England by Westland.

Specifications
Wingspan 53 ft
Length 42 ft 3 in
Height 13 ft 4 in
Weight 7,900 lbs
Max. Speed 112 mph
Service Ceiling 15,000 ft
Range 360 miles
Engines 1 Wright R-1300-13 radial 800 hp
Crew 2, 10 passengers or 6 liter