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This Sikorsky S-64F is presently on a job near Keith.

It is ex 69-18473,a US Army CH-54B.

If anyone interested I will send more to Julien for walkaround.

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The Skycrane is without doubt my favourite whirly whatsit. I had a model of it when I was a lad and it always struck me as a little bit Thunderbirdsy.

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33 minutes ago, Scimitar said:

This Sikorsky S-64F is presently on a job near Keith.

It is ex 69-18473,a US Army CH-54B.

If anyone interested I will send more to Julien for walkaround.

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Julien would love that. His aim is to have a better selection than Prime Portal.

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3 hours ago, bentwaters81tfw said:

Julien would love that. His aim is to have a better selection than Prime Portal.

 

Prime Portal is a bit of a dead cow nowadays as there have been no real updates for two years.

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Thanks for sharing this picture. I note that it is on the U.S. register, so assume it came to these shores in a container. I didn't realise that there were still any flying. 

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I know there were two operating in the pacific northwest either in Canada or the USA as logging helicoptors. 

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Thanks for the reminder! This one was operating last year at Lavaldigi, North West Italy fighting forest fires, it's one of the Erickson re-builds. Great guys too!

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4 hours ago, Colin @ Freightdog Models said:

What sort of job is it doing?

Just to the left and below my shot are 124 (or 142..can't remember) electricity pylons which are going into the Drummuir area.

She was shipped to Montrose,assembled and flown to a temporary heli-pad. Balfour Beattie is the main contracter and their guys on the spot thought my son and I totally mad to do a 420 mile round trip to photograph a helicopter. They're probably right!

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Oh yes Julien likes that!

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I honestly thought they had all gone.  Thanks you for sharing the pics, and I would agree that a walkround whilst one is still flying is a great idea.

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Lovely Crane. Revell (1/72) and memory serves a Tamiya 1/100 are the only games in town?

 

BTW Erikson Air Crane bought the type certificate from Sikorsky.

 

Trevor

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I've e-mailed Julien one or three megabitswhotsits to play around with and hopefully they will appear in due course.

From this source,http://www.rotorspot.nl/product/s64.php  there are about 40 registered but doubt if all of them are airworthy although Erikson appears to have all the design rights and is still re-building them. (as Max just posted)

This is a good read

https://www.flyingmag.com/aircraft/helicopters/erickson-air-crane

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Love a flying crane. About to start an Mi-10 in the Britmodeller 10th anniversary group build. Could do with an S-64 to go with it.

 

There's usually one of these in Melbourne over the summer for bushfire season. Quite a sight - never managed to photograph it though. There was a bushfire last week at Keith, South Australia, not far from where I'm staying on holiday. When I saw this post I almost picked up the camera and got in the car. Good thing I noticed it's not the same Keith!

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It reminds me of a couple of amazing builds I first saw on Scalemates a while ago:

 

https://www.scalemates.com/profiles/mate.php?id=10040&p=albums&album=14831

 

http://www.scale-rotors.com/galerie/1-utility-helicopters/5075-sikorsky-s-64e-skycrane-revell.html

 

Well worth a look.

 

 

 

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Lovely pic of the Skycrane on duty in Scotland. And without wishing to hijack the thread here's a couple of S-64s I photoed in the last couple of years:

 

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This bird was seen on duty at Long Beach Ca in Nov 2014

 

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CH-54A seen last year at the Ft Rucker Al Army Museum.

 

Mark

 

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23 minutes ago, zebra said:

and got in the car.

 

23 minutes ago, zebra said:

and got in the car.

Sorry..finger trouble so double quote!

My 420 miles and 40l of fuel would pale into insignificance with that drive!

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1 hour ago, Max Headroom said:

Lovely Crane. Revell (1/72) and memory serves a Tamiya 1/100 are the only games in town?

 

BTW Erikson Air Crane bought the type certificate from Sikorsky.

 

Trevor

Picked up a Revell one at Hornchurch a couple of years back. Guy on the next table was desperate for one to complete his Vietnam helo collection. Shortest time I have ever owned a kit, and £20 profit. Saw it built at Telford last year. He did a good job on it.

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Thanks to @Scimitar pics now up in the walkaround section.

 

Julien

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1 hour ago, Julien said:

Thanks to @Scimitar pics now up in the walkaround section.

 

Julien

Great pictures Scimitar. Thanks for sharing with us.

 

Chris.

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Erickson is still going strong. They 'bought' Evergreen's helo ops a few years back, and bit off more than they could chew and went into bankruptcy protection, but are now back in business with Elvis and co.  A friend of mine owned an aircraft instrument refurbishing company and he had the contract to refurbish parts from Skycranes for Erickson . Part the reason he retired and sold up was that Erickson went into bankruptcy.

 

Here's some great footage from Youtube of Skycranes working the Thomas Fire late last year:

 

 

 

Very close to where my mother-in-law lives - they became a very common sight over her house.

 

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On 13/01/2018 at 9:12 PM, Max Headroom said:

Lovely Crane. Revell (1/72) and memory serves a Tamiya 1/100 are the only games in town?

 

BTW Erikson Air Crane bought the type certificate from Sikorsky.

 

Trevor

Didn't Aurora do one as well around the same time as Revell did?

 

Ian

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Regarding the Italian Skycranes, the Forestry Corps initially used a number of Erikson owned machines but later purchased 4 all in service today although the Corps itself is now part of a different organization. They carry the names of Native American chiefs: Geronimo, Toro Seduto (Sitting Bull), Nuvola Rossa (Red Cloud) and Orso Bruno (Brown Bear). The latter however is not probably the name of a real chief

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Nice pictures, thanks for sharing.

 

Great links to that build as well. Very impressive work.

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