Vertipedia is a product of the Vertical Flight Society. With data on 854 aircraft, 605 historical milestones, 458 people, and 391 organizations, Vertipedia is your "one-stop shop" for all things vertical lift.

1942 - Demonstration of the Vought-Sikorsky XR-4 to the US military and Government

Our latest featured aircraft for April is the Sikorsky S-60 Crane .

Developed in 1959, derived from the S-56.  As a flying crane, the supported payload is 12800 lb (5806 kg).

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Aircraft designations

In Vertipedia an aircraft has both a primary and secondary designation. Normally, the primary designation will be the alphanumeric and the secondary designation will be the name (e.g. UH-60A Black Hawk). Not all aircraft follow this scheme. The primary designation should also be the part of the designation that an aircraft is normally known by (which might be a name), normally the operator given designation. An alternative designation can also be added (in brackets) (e.g. a company model name).

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