Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blast from the past. CH-54 Skycrane...why did the concept fall out of favor?

Can't lie.  The previous post on "Spectral" concept art made me remember the Skycrane.  It's probably one of the most awesome helicopters of the Vietnam era but is somehow forgotten.  Why?  The Skycrane concept is the ultimate in heavy lifters and if the treatment was given to the CH-53K then we'd have a helo capable of monster lift!

The funny thing?  It's not a new idea.  Mike Sparks wrote about this (and many other great ideas...most of which have been adapted and renamed!) a couple decades or more ago!

Think it's a stupid?  Consider the lift potential of a CH-53K that doesn't have the weight/structure of a fuselage.  The only problem I can think of is pure engineering.  Where do you put the gas to feed those three engines?  Regardless, put this in your maybe we should ask industry files.

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