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In 1958, Sikorsky Aircraft began designing a twin-engined, heavy-lift helicopter as a proof of concept for military and civilian uses. Although the prototype crashed in 1961, the S-60 led to the development of the successful S-64 Skycrane. Introducing Sikorsky S-60 Flying Crane PlaneTags, brought to you by MotoArt and the Connecticut Air and Space Center.
As far back as 1955, Igor Sikorsky spoke of his vision for a crane helicopter which would carry its cargo externally, attached to a simple fuselage which would also carry the mechanical systems and cockpit suspended below it. Advantages of the design were unobstructed visibility for the pilot, the ability to pick up payloads of all sizes and configurations while parked or hovering, and lower production and operational costs. The design would include dynamic components of the S-56/CH-37. N807, the sole S-60 prototype, took flight for the first time on March 25, 1959. It was used to demonstrate its ability in carrying, towing and hoisting various types of cargo, and mine sweeping.
The S-60 was Igor Sikorsky's last aircraft design he was personally involved in and a notable part of aviation history.