King Stallion helicopter aces first heavy load lift test
The heavy lift replacement for the US Marine Corps' CH-53E, the CH-53K is intended to allow the movement of more material more quickly. The recent test was conducted at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation's Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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This is just one step on the road to the King Stallion's requirement to carry 27,000 lb (12,247 kg) at a mission radius of 110 nautical miles (203 km), which is three times the carrying capacity of the previous model, the CH-53E Super Stallion.
For the next tests, the King Stallion will lift the 20,000 lb load at incrementally increasing speeds, before eventually reaching its full potential of 27,000 lb.
Source: NavAir News