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SIKORSKY CH-53E Super Stallion

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Name CH-53E Super Stallion
Manufacturer SIKORSKY
Wing Rotary
Tail Four-blade tail rotor
WTC Medium
Type code H3T
Engine Turboshaft
Engine count Multi
Position Above cabin
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 4

Manufacturered as:

SIKORSKY Super Stallion
SIKORSKY CH-53E Super Stallion
SIKORSKY MH-53E Sea Dragon

SIKORSKY CH-53E Super Stallion

SIKORSKY CH-53E Super Stallion SIKORSKY CH-53E Super Stallion 3D


The Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion is the largest and heaviest helicopter in the United States military. It was developed from the CH-53 Sea Stallion, mainly by adding a third engine. Sailors and Marines commonly refer to the Super Stallion as the "Hurricane Maker" because of the downwash the helicopter generates. It was built by Sikorsky Aircraft for the United States Marine Corps. The less common MH-53E Sea Dragon fills the United States Navy's need for long range mine sweeping or Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) missions, and perform heavy-lift duties for the Navy. The CH-53E/MH-53E are designated "S-80" by Sikorsky.

Technical Data

Wing span 24 m78.74 ft
Length 30.2 m99.081 ft
Height 8.46 m27.756 ft
Powerplant 3 x General Electric T64-GE-416/416A turboshaft, 3,270 kW each
Engine model General Electric T64

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS 150 kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance m ROC 2500 ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance m
MTOW 3333933,339 kg
33.339 tonnes
Ceiling FL185 ROD ft/min APC
WTC M Range 11201,120 nm
2,074,240 m
2,074.24 km
6,805,249.349 ft

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving H53S

None on SKYbrary