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Marine Corps to receive first CH-53K King Stallion

By Justin Katz  
May 11, 2018 at 10:59 AM

Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC, will receive the first delivery of the CH-53K King Stallion next week, according to a May 11 service statement.

"The helicopter's arrival to New River enters it into the supportability test plan where U.S. Marines will conduct a logistics assessment on the maintenance, sustainment and overall aviation logistics support of the King Stallion," the service said.

The CH-53K King Stallion is the Marine Corps' new heavy-lift helicopter expected to carry three times the load of its predecessor, the CH-53E Super Stallion. The aircraft has the same logistical footprint as the Super Stallion, but is fly-by-wire and is software driven, the statement added.