Wednesday, June 12, 2024

First CH-53K test helicopter makes final flight

Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Marine Corps have retired the first CH-53K test helicopter after more than 753 flight hours.

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) tweeted that the first CH-53K to achieve flight almost 8 years ago performed its last flight this week.

“The test aircraft logged 753 flight hours and 214 ground hours,” the command said in a Twitter post Thursday.

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According to a tweet from NAVAIR, the aircraft will now be used as a maintenance trainer for Marines.

The CH-53K is the Marine Corps’ newest heavy-lift helicopter that is replacing the CH-53E Super Stallion.  The primary mission of the CH-53K is the ship-to-shore transport of heavy equipment and supplies in support of amphibious operations and subsequent actions ashore.

The new heavy-lift chopper can carry triple the weight of its predecessor at a colossal 27,000 pounds. With that type of lift capacity, the CH-53K can transport up to four Humvees more than 100 miles.

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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