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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedA 'Goliath' Attraction Coming to Oshkosh 2010
 
  
Erickson Air-Crane's Goliath, a twin-engine, heavy-lift helicopter, will appear at AirVenture 2010.
A unique aircraft type that had its Oshkosh debut at AirVenture 2009 will make an encore appearance in 2010, as Erickson Air-Crane, Inc. will bring another of its S-64 twin-engine, heavy-lift helicopters to AirVenture Oshkosh this summer. Last year "Elvis" thrilled Oshkosh attendees with several water drop demonstrations, and this year Erickson's "Goliath" will make a repeat performance.

"We all enjoyed ourselves tremendously last year at Oshkosh," said Dennis Hubbard, Erickson Air-Crane program manager. "The people were fantastic and some of the most aviation-knowledgeable people our pilots have ever been around. We definitely look forward to coming back."

The pilots, while staffing the aircraft display last year, said they had a wonderful time interacting with the attendees throughout the week, he added.

Goliath is expected to arrive on opening day, July 26, and depart on August 1. During the week it will perform several water drop demonstrations from multiple levels and at other times be on display at AirVenture's main showcase, AeroShell Square. Erickson pilots will be on hand to answer questions.

Sikorsky Helicopter delivered Goliath in 1971 to the Connecticut Army National Guard, which gave the aircraft its name. Erickson acquired the aircraft and remanufactured it in 1993. Since then it's primarily been used for logging in British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, and Southeast Asia. Other missions include firefighting in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

Goliath was the first aircraft to demonstrate the "Water Cannon" horizontal water spray system in 1997. It also fought side-by-side with "Elvis" during the Black Christmas bush fires in Australia in 2000.

AirVenture attendees will have an opportunity to see Goliath in action during several water drop demos during the week. The tank holds 2,650 gallons of water or retardant, and a recent study by the U.S. Forest Service shows it's the most economical firefighting platform on a price-per-gallon basis, costing 10-15 percent of other aerial platforms. Two innovative snorkel attachments for the Helitanker take 45 seconds or less to fill up from any freshwater or saltwater source at least 18 inches deep.

The aircraft derives from Igor Sikorsky's last design and was originally built for the military (CH-54). Erickson Aircrane purchased the type certificate and manufacturing rights in 1992 and began refurbishing military aircraft. There are currently between 35 and 40 Aircranes in service, all converted military CH 54B models. The company, which employs close to 700 people, is headquartered in Central Point, Oregon.

Goliath Specifications
Crew: 2 (pilot, co-pilot)
Payload: 25,000 lb (9,072 kg)
Length: 70 ft 3 in (fuselage); 88 ft 9 in rotortip to rotortip
Rotor diameter: 72 ft
Height: 25 ft 5 in
Empty weight: 20,500 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 47,000 lbs
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JFTD12-5A turboshaft engines, each generating 4,800 shp (shaft horsepower)
Fuel capacity 1,356 U.S. gallons
Maximum speed: 104 kts
Cruise speed: 91 knots (105 mph)
Range: 292 miles
Service ceiling: 14,000 ft

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