Welcome to the Matrix: Erickson Aircrane S-64F+ Optimally manned

I attended Erickson Aircrane Webinar in the week and what was discussed the new S-64F Plus which equipped with Matrix Technology make it optionally manned.


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Erickson since 1971 has been operating, repairing and manufacturing the legacy Skycrane now Aircrane since the US Army retired them. Used wordwide For firefighting, logging, forestry seeding etc. In Europe Erickson operates in Greece and Turkey for the firefighting season and in Italy the Corpo do Forestale operates the S-64E.

I myself 11 years ago saw one of Erickson Aircrane S-64E in use with Siller Helicopters, at Heli Expo 2010 in Houston. It was fitted with glass cockpit.

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I saw one of these about 5 years ago. I heard a very large helo and looked up expecting to see a ‘53 or a Sea King possibly, but there it was, a Skycrane with its dangly legs. Doubt I’ll ever see one again either, but it was certainly impressive. Basically a flying lifting beam with a cab on one end.
 
I saw one of these about 5 years ago. I heard a very large helo and looked up expecting to see a ‘53 or a Sea King possibly, but there it was, a Skycrane with its dangly legs. Doubt I’ll ever see one again either, but it was certainly impressive. Basically a flying lifting beam with a cab on one end.
Sorry to cross thread, but I believe Revell used to make a kit of the S54.
 

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