Air International 2019-01
J.Gunner - King Stallion /Military/
As well as being a formidable cargo carrier itself the CH-53K is air-transportable aboard US Air Force C-17A and C-5M aircraft.
The anhedral tips of the King Stallion's main rotor blades are evident in this image.
YCH-53K BuNo 168781/04 uses its centre hook to lift the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) that weighs 14,000lb (6,400kg) and more during trials at Sikorsky's Development Flight Center in Florida in January 2018.
The massive elastomerically-articulated titanium rotor head uses fewer fastenings and connections than legacy helicopters, reducing weight, maintenance time and effort.
The CH-53K Ground Test Vehicle during engine runs, without rotors fitted, at Sikorsky's West Palm Beach facility.