N243AC Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane “Marty’

Published: 08-05-2014 photo #20318 0 comments 1 votes

Category:Helicopters - Civil Aviation - Modern    Manufacturer:Sikorsky    Country:Australia    Year:2014 Contributor:Matt Hayes

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N243AC Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane “Marty’

N243AC / 741
Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64-022)
Erickson Air-Crane, named “Marty”
It can release up to 9,500 litres of water or fire retardant in a single drop.
The helicopter was built in 1967 as a Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe (civil designation S-64A) for the US Army and allocated military serial 67-18420. It was delivered to the US Army in August 1967, serving with the following units:
- 273 Aviation Company
- 273 Assault Support Helicopter Company “Superhooks”
- 478 Heavy Helicopter Company “Hurricanes”
- 62 Aviation Company
- 85 Division Training
- NASA, Langley Field (Loaned in 1973)
- 478 Aviation Company (Heavy Helicopter)
- Pennsylvania National Guard
- stored at the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Centre (AMARC), at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona
On 8 April 1994 it was sold to Lenair Corp, and registered N22696 on 27 June 1994.
On 23 January 1997, it was re-registered as N544CH to Columbia Helicopters International.
On 2 December 2002 it was sold to Erickson Air-Crane Inc. and registered as N243AC on 10 January 2003.

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