The US Marine Corps will gain a next-generation rotary heavy-lift capability when its King Stallions are fielded. Tom Kaminski details the evolution of this new helicopter.

The first of four Engineering Manufacturing Development (EDM) YCH-53Ks conducts its maiden flight from Sikorsky Aircraft’s Development Flight Center at William P Gwinn Airport in Jupiter, Florida, on October 27, 2015.
All photos Sikorsky Aircraft unless stated

Sikorsky Aircraft’s CH-53K King Stallion is the third generation of the heavy-lift helicopter that has served the US Marine Corps for more than 50 years. It will replace the CH-53E Super Stallion and is intended to deliver big improvements in range, payload, performance, cargo handling, turnaround times and survivability.

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