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    CH-53E heavy-lift helicopter reaches one million flight hours

    The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter reached a major milestone this year by logging more than one million flight hours since it first entered service with the Marine Corps in 1981.U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallions with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadrons (HMH) 361, 465 and 466, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), take off from the flight line during a mass flight exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, June 6, 2019. LCpl Julian Elliott-Drouin

    The CH-53E is a versatile machine used for amphibious assault and long-range insertion, delivering troops, vehicles and supplies. This rapid resupply vehicle is still one of the most used aircraft in the United States military air arsenal.

    "The CH-53E has seen more work than was ever anticipated it would see," said Maj Matthew Baumann, H-53 in-service, Naval Air Systems Command Heavy Lift Helicopter program office (PMA-261) co-lead.

    Currently, there are 142 CH-53E Super Stallions in service. Though out of production, the CH-53E is in the middle of a "RESET" -- a rolling period of rebuilding, upgrading and increasing safety, reliability and capabilities to lengthen its service life through 2032.

    According to Baumann, the first 25 helicopters have completed their RESET process, "allowing the squadron commanders to plan for training, operations and maintenance with renewed confidence," he said...

    Original Article Posted on July 11, 2019; Naval Air Systems Command Press Release