The CH-46, produced by Boeing and called the Sea Knight, has been the backbone of the United States Marine Corps medium assault helicopter fleet. The first prototype flew on April 22, 1958. The model A was deployed with the U.S. Marines in June of 1964.
The U.S. Navy acquired the CH-46 in July of 1965, designating them UH-46. They are used for "shipboard vertical replenishment."
The United States Army tested the CH-46, but never ordered the helicopter. They found it thinly armored and susceptible to heavy damage by small arms fire.
Although U.S. production of the CH-46 ended in 1971, the Sea Knight has had a long service career. Since 1966 it has also served in Grenada, Desert Storm, the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, and Lebanon. Canada, Japan and Sweden also fly the helicopter.
A crew of three, the pilot, co-pilot, and loadmaster sit in the CH-46 cockpit. The helicopter's three bladed rotors spin in opposite directions. Engines mounted on top of the helicopter provide for more interior room. However, the helicopter is more susceptible to tipping over in less than perfect
To facilitate the transportation of cargo, the helicopter floor is equipped with rollers. The CH-46 can also carry cargo externally from a cargo hook under its belly. The non retractable landing gear are able to withstand hard landings typical of assault helicopters. The front doors of the helicopter
have mounts for .50 cal. machine guns for combat use.
Most Marines now fly the model E version that uses light weight, stronger, more efficient rotors made of fiber glass. Another version, called the "Bullfrog," has twice the fuel capacity of prior models.
The CH-46 is being replaced in the Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy is also phasing them out.
A total of 669 CH-46 helicopters were produced.
RC CH-46 from XHeli.
Pictured above and in the first picture below is the rc CH-46 with 17 3/4" diameter rotors for sale by XHeli. It has a fuselage length of 22 3/4".
Powering it are four 370 SH motors. All up weight is around 27 oz. It comes in three color schemes and includes radio, batteries, and chargers.
Pictured next below is the RTF 18" length rc CH-46 from XHeli. It is 7" high and uses a 3 channel radio.
GP Toys has a rc CH-46 that is 1/72 scale and is made for three channel control. It is available in four color schemes including military, white, blue, and red.
Hirobo Vertol has a rc CH-46 with a fuselage length of 38". It has 43" diameter rotors.
Power comes from a single .50 engine geared 1:9.625. All up weight is around 11 lbs.
Heli Hobby has a rc CH-46. It is 1:24 scale with 19" rotors and a 22" long fuselage.
The third picture below is of the rc CH-46 built by Ken Ryan for sale by MS Composite. It has a 19" rotor diameter with a fuselage length of 22".
Power comes from a single Twister 400 brushless motor. Total weight is about 29 oz.
Pdg Toys has a rc CH-46. No length, width, height, motors of any other information is provided.
Good Promotion Ltd's rc CH-46 Sea Knight uses three channels. Again, the supplier did not provide any information about length, height, width, or types of motors.
The bottom picture on this page is of the rc CH-46 fromToys Good, China. It is made from plastic and uses three channels. The manufacturer shows a length of 39", but the scale
model rc helicopter appears much smaller. No other specifications are provided.
22 3/4" rc CH-46 from XHeli.
The X Heli 18" rc CH-46.
A rc CH-46 built by Ken Ryan.
The rc CH-46 from Toy Good.
A&P of RC Groups posted about his rc CH-46 while Hornet32 asked about the rc CH-46 and rivet asked about the rc CH-46 scale model radio control helicopter. Then RJB talked about the rc CH-46 and cyhyam remarked about his new rc CH-46. Meatbomber put up pictures of a rc CH-46. Kingsley Kronk aka voltman started a thread abut his rc CH-46 and Waldo Pepper talked about the noise made by his rc CH-46. Jamesatwork started a thread about the rc CH-46 while shschon inquired about the rc CH-46.
There is a video of a rc CH-46 at DPC Cars you can check out.
At RC Universe [email protected] had a rc CH-46 with a 23" length from Scale Master for sale and seadog-chief started a thread about the rc CH-46, while canicrashhere2 posted about his experience flying a rc CH-46. Also psb667 inquired about the motors of the rc CH-46 and Mouth of The South questioned about a radio for the rc CH-46. Acmelabz was curious regarding the rotors of the rc CH-46 .