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U.S. Navy Fact Sheet CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter Background The CH-53D was ordered in the early 1960s to satisfy a Marine Corps requirement for a heavy lift helicopter. It has since been replaced in the heavy lift mission by the CH-53E Super Stallion. All Marine Corps CH-53D helicopters are currently assigned to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The CH-53D, along with the CH-46E, is slated for replacement by the MV-22 Osprey.   Service Marine Corps   Point Of Contact Naval Air Systems Command Public Affairs Department 47123 Buse Road, Unit IPT Bldg. 2272, Suite 075 Patuxent River, MD 20670-5440 (301)757-1487   General Characteristics Contractor: Sikorsky Aircraft Division of United Technologies Corp. Date Deployed: First flight: Oct 14, 1964; Operational: November 1966. Propulsion: Two General Electric T64-GE-413 turboshaft engines (3,925 shaft horsepower each) Length: Fuselage: 67.5 feet (20.3 meters); Rotors turning: 88 feet 3 inches (26.5 meters). Height: 24 feet 11 inches (7.2 meters). Rotor Diameter: 72 feet 3 inches (21.7 meters). Weight: 21 tons (max gross) (18.9 metric tons). Airspeed: 160 knots (184 miles, 294 km per hour). Ceiling: 12,450 feet. Range: 578 nautical miles (665 statute miles, 1064 km); 886 nautical miles ferry range. Crew: Two pilots, one aircrewman. Load: 37 troops or 24 litter patients plus four attendants or 8,000 pounds (3,600 kg) cargo.