• ASW/utility helicopter • US Army, Navy and Marines • Piston engine
Anew generation of helicopter design was ushered in by Sikorsky’s S-58. Prior to its first flight in 1954, helicopters had been built for their unique capabilities, with little thought given to their role suitability. The S-58, operated by the US Navy, Marines and Army, was a highly versatile helicopter suited to a variety of roles. It went on to win many export orders in both military and commercial versions and a few still remain in service.
◄ Bullpup shot
Several experiments were earned out with armed H-34s, but none entered service. This Mannos HUS-1 makes an early test firing.
FACTS AND FIGURES
► When he checked in for e Sabena S-58 flight, Igor Sikorsky was asked if his name was spelt like the helicopter‘s.
► US military designation changes in 1962 led to tho HSS-1 becoming the SH-34G.
► ‘Doughnut’ bags could bo fixed to tho S-58 undercarriage to make it amphibious.
► US Army CH-34s maintained a constant patrol along the border of West Germany with Czechoslovakia and East Germany.
► The US Army-Marines Executive Flight Detachment used VH-34D aircraft.
>■ A total of 603 S-58s woro delivered to tho US Marines.