Sikorsky VH-34C Choctaw

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Sikorsky
Markings
Executive Flight Detachment, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, 1960.
Designation
VH-34C
Serial Number
57-1684

Sikorsky 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. Also 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.

Specifications
Wingspan 56 ft
Length 46 ft 9 in
Height 15 ft 11 in
Weight 14,000 lbs
Max. Speed 123 mph
Service Ceiling 9,500 ft
Range 182 miles
Engines 1 Wright R-1820-84, 1,525 horsepower
Crew 2 pilots, 12-18 passengers