|The pink around the body of the person being hoisted up suggests that they are not Para Rescue (Rescue Specialist or SAR Tech) as the pointy we wore a harness during hoist ops.|
In keeping with the Army’s, transport role for the Voyageurs the CH-113A was equipped with a robust hoist that was geared primarily to “pull” heavy equipment and vehicles into the cabin. In addition to the slow rate of operation, the hydraulically operated hoist used a shorter thicker cable than that of the SAR Labradors.
Occasionally, as might be expected, problems with the Swedish boom necessitated use of the hoist through the center hatch. Like the Voyageur, the cable was routed from the forward bulkhead along the center of the ceiling to a hard point and pulley system directly above the hatch. While I cannot recall a time when the hoist cable was rigged to be used from the aft upper hatch, it was possible, and infact a recognized option, as the drawing below shows you.
With the Speedline modification program, all 113s were equipped with a much faster hoist with a longer cable. The new hoist was capable of carrying 600 pounds up or down compared with the 600 pounds up and 300 pounds down for the older Labrador hoist. By the time, all aircraft were equipped with external hoists both Labradors and Voyageurs utilized internal hydraulic hoists as a back up to the Speedline upgrade.
One last aside, the earlier electric hoist used by the Labrador was more compact and was affixed to the cabin bulkhead above the companionway leading to the cockpit. While it was not centered exactly, it was more centered than the hydraulic hoist of the Voyageur. The reason, likely lies in the size of the hydraulic hoist and the extensive array of hydraulic lines. A lack of space to accommodate the hydraulic lines, the only option was to move the larger Voyageur hoist slightly to the left.!
|A reasonable look at the Swedish boom in the extended position. Photo Randy Brown collection|
|Para Rescuemen Ted Bourdon and Ches Chaulk using the Swedish boom (extended) to demonstrate a proposed rescue sling. Photo Randy Brown collection|
|WO Doc Savage hooked up to the extended Swedish boom. Photo Randy Brown collection|
|A well used externally mounted hoist. Photo courtesy Jeff Wilson|
|Externally mounted hoist in the folded position. Photo courtesy Scott Hemsley|
|A view of the external hoist, in the folded position, from a more aft location.|
|A great look at the hoist in the folded position from the front.|
|Bruce Koronko (413 Sqn) demonstrates the Sky Genie hooked to the external hoist. Photo Randy Brown collection|
|Bruce Koronko exists a 113 to execute a Sky Genie descent. Note the birds nested rope in his right hand. This photo would be before the previous photo if they were in proper sequence. Photo Randy Brown collection.|
|Swedish boom extended in the hangar. the red cover is protecting the bell housing. Note also the red securing device to hold the door in position. Photo courtesy Bill Ewing|
|A 413 Squadron Summerside crew practicing boat hoists. This scenarion is a double hoist up to Voyageur. Note that the center hatch is being used.|
|Body position indicates this a hoist up. Note the blue harness worn by the SAR Tech and the lack of a static discharge cable.|
|The FE hoist station.|
|Swedish boom is extended...note the position of the lower dutch door secured under the fuselage.|
|Typical boat hoist through the center hatch.|
|Same picture as before except in colour.|
|Photo - Randy Brown|
|Photo - Randy Brown|
|315 Hoisting a SAR Tech (Rescue Specialist in the time of the picture). Note the orange helmet and the pink horse collar.|