The Sikorsky H-34 was launched to the world in 1954 as an anti-submarine helicopter that was additionally used to haul cargo and troops. It began life as a helicopter for the U.S. Navy however finally made its method to 25 different nations to be used in each army and civilian providers. Manufacturing of the H-34 ceased in 1970 with between 1,800 to 2,100 items manufactured in complete, together with subvariants, together with people who flew beneath the CH-34 moniker. It retired from U.S. army service fairly some time in the past, however you’ll be able to nonetheless discover some floating round, pun supposed, within the civilian sector.
The H-34 noticed loads of motion throughout its heyday. It was principally utilized by the U.S. within the Vietnam Warfare. Afterward, it discovered a house in locations like France, South Vietnam, Israel, and different nations. Famously, it was used to attempt to fetch NASA’s Liberty Bell 7 out of the Atlantic Ocean however failed as a result of the Mercury house capsule was stuffed with seawater.
There have been effectively over a dozen variants of the H-34. Sikorsky modified it typically within the Sixties for numerous different duties. Thus, it is arduous to seek out an instance of the unique model within the wild. Most on show in museums or utilized in civilian service are possible one of many variants, though the Palm Springs Air Museum often operates an unique Sikorsky H-34.