Sikorsky S76 Helicopter
Named after the inventor of the first practical helicopter Igor Sikorsky, the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter has more than made its mark in the history of aviation. The primary claim to fame of the Sikorsky S-76 series is the helicopter's versatility. Today, the model's design is used for both civilian and military purposes alike.
The first Sikorsky S-76 helicopter to reach the market debuted in the early 1980s and impressively broke a number of records in helicopter aviation. Originally engineered for deployment in the offshore oil industry, the Sikorsky S-76A included retractable landing gear and two powerful Allison 250-C30 turbo shafts, which provided the necessary torque to the primary and tail propellers. According the figures on record, there were over 250 such models manufactured as multipurpose aircrafts.
The Sikorsky S-76C++
In the modern era, one of the newest models in the Sikorsky S-76 series is the S-76C++. Over the decades since its release, the S-76 series has proven useful in a number of areas such as executive charter services, emergency medical transport, and the aforementioned utility functions of the offshore oil industry.
The Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopter features several industry-leading specifications. Chief among them are the two massive Turbomeca Arriel-2S2 engines.
The rectangular cabin space inside the Sikorsky S-76C++ series has been expanded to further extend the aircraft's civilian viability. The dimensions of the cabin measure 7.92 feet x 6.25 feet x 4.42 feet, plenty of room for transporting emergency medical patients or corporate oil executives.
The Sikorsky S-76D
The latest model in the S-76 series takes the Sikorsky name to the next level. The Sikorsky S-76D boasts a quieter cabin and tail rotor, among other state-of-the-art specifications.
Under the hood, the S-76D features dual Pratt & Whitney Canada-PW210S engines as well as a number of high-tech cabin improvements. The Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation even claims that the S-76D helicopter is capable of takeoff in even the iciest of weather conditions.