Another U.S. Army CH-54 "Tarhe" flying crane is off-loaded from an Air Force C-133 "Cargo?
CH-54 "Tarhe" parts being unloaded from ???133 "Cargo Master"
Various views of the flying crane being assembled
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Background: Another U.S. Army CH-54 "Tarhe" flying crane is off-loaded from an Air Force C-133 "Cargo Master" at Nha Trang, South Vietnam. What is being unloaded doesn't look like a helicopter, but in these boxes are the many parts which make up the enormous rotary wing aircraft.
Approximately 20 men of the 1st Air Cavalry Division who attended a class on the assembling of the CH-54, put the chopper together in less than two days.
The 2 million dollar flying machine is part of a company of "Tarhe's " now on duty in the Republic of Vietnam, where they service units throughout the country.
"Tarhe" aircraft move extremely heavy piece of equipment, up to ten tons, into and out of areas which cannot be reached by any other means. Typical pieces of equipment transported by the CH-54 are bulldozers, road graders and 2,000-gallon fuel bladders. One of the most unique items carried by the flying cranes is the Medical Units, Self-contained Transportable, better known as MUST. These are self-contained portable surgery rooms fully equipped for immediate operational use by doctors anywhere in the field.
The odd looking flying crane can stay aloft for approximately one and one-half hours at the cruising speed of 90 knots, making it extremely useful in aircraft recovery. In March, the Army credited the flying cranes with the recovery of U.S. aircraft with approximately $71 Million.