CH-53E Super Stallion
The CH-53E Super Stallion is a heavy-lift transport helicopter based around the Sikorsky S-80 and operated by the United States Marine Corps (USMC).
Along with the CH-46E, the CH-53E is one of the USMC's main haulers of men and supplies. Up to 55 full-laden troops can be accommodated within the Super Stallion's spacious cabin. A hydraulic rear ramp allows for rapid loading/un-loading of men and supplies.
The CH-53E is a gigantic beast. It features a 7-blade main rotor assembly, powered by 3 T64-GE-416 turboshafts. The down-draft created by the main rotors is enough to knock grown men off their feet and has earned the CH-53E the nickname of 'the hurricane maker'.
The CH-53E is packed with a host of advanced navigation, flight control and defensive countermeasures. For self-defense and landing-zone suppression, the CH-53E has gun mounts on the rear ramp and 2 side ports, usually fitted with .50 cal machine guns.
U.S. DoD video produced by Sgt. Jason W. Fudge | released to public domain
Amongst other missions, the USMC CH-46Es flew into action in Bosnia, where, in 1995, they flew a daring rescue operation to rescue a downed USAF fighter pilot. The CH-53Es, escorted by AH-1W Cobras, dodged Serbian SAMs to extract the pilot, which they succeeded in doing.
The US Navy flies the MH-53E which is a S-80 with provision for more internal fuel capacity and a host of avionics suited to its tole of mine hunting.
CH-53E Super Stallion Specifications
The CH-53E can carry up to 16,330 kg of underslung loads.
US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters take off from a US Amphibious Warfare ship in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. With each helicopter carrying up to 55 Marines,a fleet of CH-53Es can airlift a lot of men into battle in a short amount of time.
DOD photo by: PH1 JEFFREY TRUETT, USN
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