CH-53 Sikorsky Sea Stallion Helicopter performing a helocast insertion during training off Hawaii
CH-53D Sikorsky Sea Stallion Helicopters 65 69 approach a landing zone in Hawaii, 2004.
CH-53D Sikorsky Sea Stallion Helicopter releasing flares near Naval Air Station Patuxent River 1982 Military Training Exercise
CH-53D Sikorsky Sea Stallion Helicopter 33 in Iraq, June 2006
The CH-53 Sea Stallion is the most common name for the Sikorsky S-65 family of heavy-lift transport helicopters. Originally developed for use by the United States Marine Corps, it is also in service with Germany, Iran, Israel, and Mexico. The United States Air Force operated the HH-53 "Super Jolly Green Giant" during the late- and post-Vietnam War era, updating most of them as the MH-53 Pave Low.
The dimensionally-similar CH-53E Super Stallion is a heavier-lifting, improved version designated S-80E by Sikorsky.
Its third engine makes it more powerful than the Sea Stallion, which it has replaced in the heavy-lift mission.