A field trial to demonstrate and evaluate the feasibility of utilizing the Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane helicopter as a prime ship-to-shore cargo delivery vehicle for resupply of Arctic settlements was successfully conducted during the period of July 30 to August 6, 1969. Over 1,000 tons of containerized, palletized and bulk cargo was airlifted from the motor vessel "Sir John Crosbie" and delivered to precise locations in the remote settlements of Cape Dorset and Coral Harbour, Northwest Territories, Canada. The trial was performed by Sikorsky Aircraft Division of United Aircraft Corporation in conjunction with the Canadian Department of Transportation, Marine Division. The following conclusions were made as a result of the field trials. The use of the Skycrane for the ship-to-shore delivery of replenishment material in the far north is a practical, economical and reliable method. Optimum results will be achieved when the vessels, cargo, and Skycrane are combined as a system. For maximum economics to be obtained, the cargo should be pre-packaged or containerized to optimum Skycrane capability. The Skycrane should be based upon and accompany a major vessel of the replenishment fleet.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Sikorsky Aircraft Division

    United Aircraft Corporation
    Stratford, CT  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1969

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  • Pagination: 41 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00046569
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Sikorsky Aircraft Division
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Oper Rpt
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1973 12:00AM