Assault, Medevac, Utility, and Anti-Submarine Warfare Helicopter
Source: Ray Panko. Photo taken at Udvar-Hazy Center, 2010.
- Last of the large piston-engine military helicopters (along with the Piasecki H-21 Flying Banana).
- Used by the U.S. Navy, Army, Marines, Coast Guard, and Air Force Reserves.
- First flight March 8, 1954. Entered Navy and Army service in 1955. Entered Marines service in 1957.
- Used by the French in the Algerian War, where combat assault evolved
- CH-34D (The “Dog”) used heavily by the Marines in Vietnam for combat assault
- Big and vulnerable, especially for pilots in their high cockpit
- Comparable in performance to the UH-1 Huey but with greater capacity
- Approximately 1,800 built by Sikorsky. Another 600 manufactured in England, France, and Italy. Production ended in 1970.
- Our HH-34J (58-1366) began life as a Navy HSS-1 antisubmarine warfare (ASW) helicopter. After it was retired, the USAF refurbished it...