Ch 53 marines. A marine corps ch 53e super stallion helicopter crashed during a routine training mission tuesday in california killing the four crew members aboard in the marines second aircraft accident in 24. The ch 53e super stallion is the marine corps primary heavy lift helicopter and has been in service for over 30 years. Sikorsky s s 65 was selected over boeing vertol s modified ch 47 chinook version. It is also operated by all three services in support of operation enduring freedom in afghanistan.
Marines heavy helicopter experimental hhx competition begun in 1962. The ch 53 was the product of the us. Navy in support of operation iraqi freedom. There are currently 152 ch 53e aircraft in operation.
A maximum of 12500 pounds in a sling under the aircraft just over a third.