Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the CH-53 Yas’ur, which marked a half-century of service with the Israeli Air Force last October.
The first two from an eventual total of 55 CH-53s for Israel arrived in the port of Ashdod by ship on October 26, 1969. The type’s 50-year milestone comes at a time when this veteran heavy-lifter is in more demand than ever, with no foreseeable replacement. Within the Israeli Air Force (IAF), the Sea Stallion is known as the Yas’ur (Petrel). The current Yas’ur 2025 version has been modernized and upgraded several times.