|First flight on.||1949.|
|Retired on.||1969 (U.S. Navy), but others are still in use in poorer countries like Nigeria and Pakistan.|
|Major contractor(s).||Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.|
|Passengers and cargo capacity.||Ten troops or eight stretchers.|
|Fight ceiling.||10,500 ft (3,200 m).|
|Top speed.||101 mph (88 knots, 163 km/h).|
|Range.||450 mi (391 nmi, 725 km)|
|Dose it use nukes.||No.|
|Class.||Utility helicopter and cas'ivac'.|
|Rate of climb.||N\A, but probably akin to aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era.|
|Disc loading.||N\A, but probably akin to aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era.|
|Number of rotor main blades.||3.|
|Links.||http://www.sikorskyarchives.com/S-55.php, https://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=AwrBT.Fgg.BYUlYAUxhXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--?p=Sikorsky+H-19+Chickasaw&fr=yset_chr_cnewtab, https://www.amazon.com/Sikorsky-Chickasaw-Helicopter-old-vintage-films/dp/B00NY6WX2A, http://www.wow.com/wiki/Sikorsky_H-19, https://www.scalemates.com/search.php?q=%22Sikorsky+H-19+Chickasaw%22, http://military.wikia.com/wiki/Sikorsky_H-19, http://military.wikia.com/wiki/Sikorsky_H-19_Chickasaw and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikorsky_H-19_Chickasaw.|
The Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw, (sold commercially under its Sikorsky model number, S-55) was a multi-purpose helicopter used by the United States Army and United States Air Force. It was also license-built by Westland Aircraft as the Westland Whirlwind in the United Kingdom. United States Navy and United States Coast Guard models were designated HO4S, while those of the U.S. Marine Corps were designated HRS. In 1962, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Marine Corps versions were all redesignated as H-19s like their U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force counterparts. It was an American helicopter that was at the for font of helicopter durding and was healvy used in the 1950–1953 Korean War.
Development of the H-19 was initiated privately by Sikorsky without government sponsorship. The helicopter was initially designed as a testbed for several novel design concepts intended to provide greater load-carrying ability in combination with easy maintenance. Under the leadership of designer Edward F. Katzenberger, a mockup was designed and fabricated in less than one year.
The first customer was the United States Air Force, which ordered five YH-19 aircraft for evaluation; the YH-19's first flight was on 10 November 1949, less than a year after the program start date. This was followed by delivery of the first YH-19 to the U.S. Air Force on 16 April 1950 and delivery of the first HO4S-1 helicopter to the U. S. Navy on 31 August 1950. A U.S. Air Force YH-19 was sent to Korea for service trials in March 1951, where it was joined by a second YH-19 in September 1951. On 27 April 1951, the first HRS-1 was delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps, and on 2 May 1951, the first S-55 was delivered to Westland Aircraft.
1,281 of the helicopters were manufactured by Sikorsky in the United States. An additional 447 were manufactured by licensees of the helicopter including Westland Aircraft, the SNCASE in France and Mitsubishi in Japan.
The helicopter was widely exported, used by many other nations, including Portugal, Greece, Israel, Chile, South Africa, Denmark and Turkey.
In 1954 the Marines tested an idea to enhance lift in hot and high and/or heavily-loaded conditions by installing a rocket nozzle at the tip of each rotor blade with the fuel tank located in the center above the rotor blade hub. Enough fuel was provided for seven minutes of operation. Although tests of the system were considered successful, it was never adopted operationally.
The Westland Whirlwind (helicopter) was the UK variant of it.