Two CH-54 Sikorsky Skycrane helicopters

Two CH-54 Sikorsky Skycrane helicopters (Google Maps)
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The Sikorsky (model S-64A) CH-54A/CH-54B Tarhe "Skycrane," with a crew of three, was designed for heavy internal or external lift of heavy bulk loads. It had a rear-facing pilot's seat to provide a clear view of the cargo. A hoist was provided to allow pickups and deliveries without landing. A lightweight van (universal pod) could be attached to the fuselage for use as a mobile command post, maintenance and repair shop, or as a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH). The field hospital was equipped with X-Ray, lab equipment, and blood bank. It was well lighted and air conditioned so surgery could be performed where ever it was needed. A "people pod" was designed to carry 45 combat-ready troops. The "Skycrane" served with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam. The CH-54 was used in aircraft recovery operations when loads were too heavy for the CH-47 Chinook. It was also useful for off-loading during ship-to-shore operations. The CH-54 could also be rigged to drop the large 10,000 lb. cratering bomb used to create landing zones ("LZs") in dense jungle.
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@ 2006-02-18 10:14:23
There's an F-86 down there too: http://maps.google.com/local?f=q&hl=en&t=k&ll=34.572309,-117.191371&spn=0.002633,0.004007&t=k