US Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion


The CH-53E Super Stallion is the Marine Corps’ primary heavy lift helicopter and has been in service for over 30 years. The heavy-lift helicopter of the Marine Corps can carry a 26,000-pound Light Armored Vehicle, 16 tons of cargo 50 miles and back, or enough combat-loaded Marines to lead an assault or humanitarian operation. Though powerful enough to lift every aircraft in the Marine inventory except the KC-130, the CH-53E Super Stallion is compact enough to deploy on amphibious assault ships, and has the armament, speed and agility to qualify as much more than a heavy lifter.


  • The base-model CH-53E serves both the US Navy and Marines in the heavy-lift transport role.
  • The CH-53E is capable of in-flight refueling and can be refueled at hover.
  • The Super Stallion equips the pilot with Aviator Night Vision Imaging Systems Heads Up Display (ANVIS-HUD) sensors, which allow the aircraft to be mission-capable in periods of low visibility.

CH-53E Super Stallion FAST FACTS:

Engine: Three General Electric T64-GE-416 Turboshaft Engines
Thrust: 4,380 horsepower each
Diameter of Main Rotor: 79 feet
Length: 99 feet
Height: 27 feet, 9 inches
Speed: 170 mph
Range: 540 nautical miles
Ceiling:  18,500 feet
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 73,500 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 15,480 pounds fuel
Armament: Three mounted .50 BMG machine guns
Unit Cost: $97 million
Inventory:  150