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 strategy to 25 different nations to be used in each navy and civilian providers. Manufacturing of the H-34 ceased in 1970 with between 1,800 to 2,100 models manufactured in complete, together with subvariants, together with people who flew below the CH-34 moniker. It retired from U.S. navy service fairly some time in the past, however you possibly can nonetheless discover some floating round, pun meant, 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 Conflict. Afterward, it discovered a house in locations like France, South Vietnam, Israel, and different nations. Famously, it was used to try to fetch NASA’s Liberty Bell 7 out of the Atlantic Ocean however failed as a result of the Mercury area capsule was stuffed with seawater.
There have been effectively over a dozen variants of the H-34. Sikorsky modified it typically within the Nineteen 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 doubtless one of many variants, though the Palm Springs Air Museum often operates an authentic Sikorsky H-34.