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The Sikorsky S-58 – known in its military version as the H-34 – is a midsized multipurpose helicopter for civil and military use.

It was one of the largest helicopters fitted with a piston engine, and was a standard helicopter in its class in the 1950s and 1960s.
The S-58 proved its worth as a highly versatile helicopter, mainly on military missions. It served as a transport and medevac helicopter for all branches of the armed services and was used in anti-submarine warfare. Numerous US Army S-58s were used for mobile assault units and medevac missions in the Vietnam War, which some historians refer to as the “helicopter war.”

Helicopters of this type were stationed at the Schleissheim airfield with an Army flying unit from 1956 until 1969. The example on display flew sea rescue missions on the North Sea and Baltic Sea until 1975 with the Marinefliegergeschwader 5 (Navy flying squadron) in Kiel-Holtenau. For this purpose, the helicopter is equipped with a side-mounted winch.