16-place cargo and light tactical transport helicopter. Sikorsky Aircraft Division, Stratford, Conn.
Ch-34 Choctaw, originally the H-34
One Curtiss-Wright R-1B20-B4 piston engine of 1,425 hp
Single four-bladed main rotof, and four-bladed metal, 9 ft. 4 in. dio. antitorq
Rotor diameter, 56 ft. Overall length, 65 ft. B in . Height, 15 ft. 10 in. Empty
weight, 7,675 lb. Gross weight, 13,000 lb. Overload gross wt, 14,000 lb.
Max. speed (Slh 122 mph. Cruise speed (Slh 10B mph. Service ceiling, 64
9,500 ft. Hover ceiling lOGE) , 2,400 ft. Max. range, 276 st. mi. Rate of climb, 1,100 fpm.
The Army procured a total of” 437 Choctaws of all models through FY 65. The VH-34 version was used for VIP transport, notably as the first helicopters of the Executive Flight Detachment.