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Sikorsky LH-34D VX(E) 6 Antarctica.


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Fellow modelers,

The USN operated in the late fifty's a number of "cold weather" Sikorsky LH-34D in the harsh climate of Antarctica.. On searching on the web, pictures concerning these operations are very limited.

Finding one, equipped with skis has been impossible so far.

 

Is there any UH-34 specialist, who have some pictures concerning Sikorsky LH-34D equipped with these skis, and what were in general the modifications to make them "Arctic Proof".

Looking forward to your information.

 

 

This is the site, were I got my information.

www.vaqH-34.com/vxe6/h-34.htm

 

Regards,

Orion, The Netherlands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello Junchan,

Your picture is much appreciated.

I was in contact with former members of VXE6 and the told me: "We have never seen any LH-34D with skis. 

Your picture proofs the opposite.

Difference: Their pictures show the type with three exhaust pipes from the radial engine.

This model has only one exhaust. (Seabat/Choctaw/)

 

Regards,

Orion

The netherlands.

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23 hours ago, Orion said:

Hello Junchan,

Your picture is much appreciated.

I was in contact with former members of VXE6 and the told me: "We have never seen any LH-34D with skis. 

Your picture proofs the opposite.

Difference: Their pictures show the type with three exhaust pipes from the radial engine.

This model has only one exhaust. (Seabat/Choctaw/)

 

Regards,

Orion

The netherlands.

Sorry, that's not a UH-34D, but UH-34E, Bu. No. 144655. The E model has a single exhaust pipe.

https://www.helis.com/database/model/HUS-1A-UH-34E/

 

Jun in Tokyo

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Hello Junchan and Jan,

 

Thanks for the update and corresponding links.

The set from Whirlybird is what started my search for the VXE6  Sikorsky equipped with skis. Could not find one picture with the skis. As mentioned above, my search did lead me to former members of VXE 6. They operated the LH-34D (three exhaust pipes) and never operated the skis.

As for winterizing the Sikorsky: 'Closure of the clamshell door with tarpon, to minimize the incoming wind/cold. Connected to a Herman Nelson heather, with flexible hose that connecting point  under the clamshell door. The "Nelson" brought hot air around the radial engine. By the right engine temperature the "switch On " handle was activated.

 

Any more pictures with the skis (close up) are most welcome.

Regards,

Orion.

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