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H-34 Choctaw Helicopter History
The first flight of the H-34 was on March 8th, 1954. The one shown was manufactured in 1956. We have no history of this specific helicopter other than its number has been listed as one used by Air America during the Vietnam era. It is outfitted in the color and markings of the 36th Transportation Group that was active in Germany and Italy during the 50’s and 60’s. The US Army used the Choctaw into the 70’s. The helicopter was originally designed as sub-chaser. That is why the tail section (pylon) and the mail rotor blades fold to reduce its length by 28ft 9.32in. This allows the unit to take less storage space aboard ship. The unit was used by the Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force as well as many other countries.
If you would like more specific infofmation on the history of the Choctaw you may visit the following web site: www.militaryfactory.com
H-34 Choctaw Helicopter Specifications
56 ft 8.5 in (17.28 m)
56 ft 0 in (17.07 m)
15 ft 11 in (4.85 m)
2,463 ft² (228.85 m²)
7,900 lb (3,583 kg)
Max. takeoff weight
14,000 lb (6,350 kg)
Pilot, Observer (co-pilot), 12 to 18 troops/passengers or eight litters
Maximum forward speed
Maximum rate of climb at sea level
1100 ft per min
Hover with ground effect
Hover without ground effect
Wright model R-1820-84 radial air cooled engine.
Armament depended upon the mission. As gunship it carried two M60 general purpose machine guns or two 19 2.75 in. rocket pods with 19 rockets each.