Air International 2020-05
K.Chapman - Clash of the Titans
A pair of Bundeswehr CH-53Gs were on duty to support the NATO summit at Baden-Baden Airport, Germany, on April 3, 2009. The aircraft flew media representatives and heads of state, along with foreign and defence ministers during the event.
A CH-47F assigned to the US Army's Task Force Brawler conducts a training exercise from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in March 2018.
Pre-flight inspections are made to a CH-47F Chinook at Wheeler Army Airfield in Wahiawa, Hawaii, on March 5, 2017.
US Paratroopers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade train on sling load procedures with a CH-47F Chinook Helicopter assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany.
Concept art depicting CH-47F in Luftwaffe colours.
The CH-53K is larger than both its predecessors and the CH-47F. With its large size, the helicopter can carry a Humvee internally.
With a max take-off weight over 84,000lb, Sikorsky's CH-53K King Stallion is one of the largest helicopters in the world. Despite its high unit cost, US Marine Corps’ leaders believe the aircraft is unmatched in its capabilities and applicability to the roles required by the service.
Holes under the fuselage are where the three cargo hooks are concealed when not in use. They can be used independently or in combination with each other.
A head-on shot from above provides a good view of how the tail rotor is aligned off-centre on the CH-53K.
The US Marine Corps’ new heavy-lift helicopter, the CH-53K King Stallion, has received approval for low-rate initial production.