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  • Current H53 Photo

    Interesting photo. Note the drop tanks, added antennas, paint and other new stuff. I can't tell if it is a "D" or an "E."

    http://flightaware.com/photos/view/2...rt/date/page/1
    /s/ray

    Raymond J. Norton
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    Ch53D

    Ray,

    Those are Ds.....only two engines and the tail is vertical.

    .... and if you look REAL CLOSE, only 6 main blades instead of 7.

    The latest version of the S-65 to be built is the CH-53E Super Stallion for the US Navy.
    This is a much modified version with three 4380shp General Electric T64-GE-416 engines
    and strengthened transmission to withstand the increase in power. The fuselage is about
    2m longer than that of the CH-53D and the tail pylon is canted to port. The main rotor has
    also been improved and has seven composite blades (its predecessor had six light alloy ones).
    Thirty-three CH-53Es were initially ordered by the Marines and 16 by the US Navy. The type
    is still in production.

    http://www.aviastar.org/helicopters_eng/sik_s-80.php
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    Last edited by Mike Amtower; 06-14-2010, 06:47.

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    • #3
      That's HMH-362, my old unit, out of K-Bay Hawaii. They fly D's till the K's come on line. They are currently scheduled to be the first fleet squadron to get the K's when they are ready.

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