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Sikorsky UH-19B Chickasaw Military Helicopter

The Sikorsky UH-19B Chicksaw was a medium lift helicopter built for the U.S. Air Force as a utility and SAR platform based on Sikorsky's S-55 (UH-19A) design but with a more powerful 700 hp R-1300-3 engine fitted. The USAF purchased 264 UH-19B Chicksaw's and operated them from 1962 until the late 1960's. It is of note that two USAF Chicksaw's made the first ever transatlantic helicopter flight travelling between Westover Air Force Base in the USA to Scotland in the UK during 1952, the flight was completed in five stages to allow for refuelling and routine maintenance.

Sikorsky UH-19B Chickasaw Military Helicopter


License-built Chicksaw's were built by numerous manufacturers including Westland Aircraft in the United Kingdom who built them as the Westland Whirlwind for the British armed forces some of which were powered by a 850 hp air-cooled 14-cylinder Alvis Leonides Major radial piston engine or a 1,050 shp Bristol Siddeley Gnome gas turbine.

UH-19B Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot and co-pilot

  • Capacity: 12 troops or 8 stretchers

  • Fuselage length: 42 ft 4 in

  • Rotor diameter: 53 ft (16.16 m)

  • Height: 15 ft 4 in

  • Empty weight: 4,795 lb (2,177 kg)

  • Loaded weight: 7,200 lb (3,266 kg)

  • Max. takeoff weight: 8,400 lb (3,587 kg)

  • Engine: Single 700 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1300 radial engine

  • Maximum speed: 112 mph

  • Range: 330 mi

  • Service ceiling: 10,500 ft (3,200 m)


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