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    The United States Army has claimed the world helicopter sustained altitude record of 36,711 feet (11,190 metres) for its Sikorsky CH-548 flying crane helicopter.

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    The United States Army has claimed the world helicopter sustained altitude record of 36,711 feet (11,190 metres) for its Sikorsky CH-548 flying crane helicopter. The record was set during tests carried out earlier this month in Stratford, Connecticut, as seen in this official film from the U.S. Department of Defence.

    The flight to 36,711 feet that set a newly claimed record for horizontal flight was better than the present world record of 36,037 feet (10,984 metres) set by a French Alouette in June of 1958 in the maximum altitude with zero payload category. The U.S. flight, however, will not be recognised as a world record in the category, because established rules require a performance exceeding the previous record by at least three per cent.

    The flying crane helicopter s used by the Army in the heavy-lift transport missions in logistic support. The U.S. Army has also loaned one of the helicopters to Holland for final work on a 25-year dyke rebuilding programme. Please refer to VISNEWS Production No. 13551/71, serviced on 16 November.

    SYNOPSIS: Four U.S. Army pilots alternated as pilot and co-pilot in a Sikorsky flying crane helicopter, during assaults on the world helicopter sustained altitude record earlier this month. The record attempts seen in this official film, were carried out near Stratford, Connecticut.

    As a result of various flights, the U.S. Army has claimed a total of five world altitude records and three times-to-climb records for the Sikorsky helicopter. The flights were observed and monitored by officials of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The flight of nearly thirty-seven thousand feet that set a newly claimed record for horizontal flight with zero payload was five-hundred feet higher than the present world record set by a French Alouette in 1958.

    The U.S. flight, however, will not be recognised as a world record in the zero payload category, because established rules require a performance exceeding the previous record by at least three per cent. The flying crane helicopter is used by the Army in heavy-lift transport missions.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4DBVWLO8JDMRDK9QSKC98HH73
    Media URN:
    VLVA4DBVWLO8JDMRDK9QSKC98HH73
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/11/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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