CH-46E Sea Knight
The Boeing CH-46E Sea Knight is a medium-lift helicopter in service with the United States Marine Corps (USMC), where it is used as an assault support helicopter. It's primary role is the transport of US Marines into battle, often airlifting them directly from amphibious assault ships to the combat zone.
A secondary role is the transport of supplies which it can haul in its cabin or in underslung loads. Before it was replaced with SH-60 Sea Hawks, the US Navy used Ch-46s in the 'vertical replenishment' role - hauling supplies to and from ships amongst the fleet.
Like its larger brother, the CH-47 Chinook, the CH-46'd design features a tandem rotor design, which provides a great deal of lift and also eliminates the need for a tail rotor, allowing for a greater cabin capacity. The downside of the design for the CG-36 is that the top-heavy helicopter has a tendency to capsize completely when ditched into the water.
The ageing fleet of CH-46s within the USMC are earmarked for eventual replacement by the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
U.S. DoD video by Spc. Brain Zeisler | released to public domain
CH-46E Sea Knight Specifications
US Maritime Special Purpose Force Marines fast-rope down from the CH-46's belly-hatch and rear ramp.
USMC CH-46Es deliver, en masse, squads of South Korean Marines during a joint exercise.
U.S. DOD photo by MC1 JEREMY L. WOOD
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