Gary's Combat Aircraft Reference Guide

FM 44-80:  CH-53


Country of Origin: USA.
Similar Aircraft: HH-3E Jolly Green Giant, SH-3 Sea King, Super Frelon, Mi-26 Halo.
Crew: Two on flight deck.
Role: Heavy-assault transport (55 equipped troops, vehicles, guns), rescue.
Armament: Usually none.
Dimensions: Length: 67 ft (20.46 m). Rotor diameter: 72 ft, 3 in (22.04 m).


The CH-53 is a twin-engine, single-rotor, medium-transport helicopter.

Twenty combat-equipped parachutists, using the ramp, can jump from this aircraft. Parachutists walk off the ramp, which is lowered a minimum of 11 degrees below centerline gauge. Jumpers do not make a vigorous exit. The speed of the aircraft during jumps is 90 to 110 knots. The minimum drop altitude for aircraft with a 90- to 110-knot drop speed is 1,250 feet above ground level.


Wings: Large, six-blade main rotor mounted on a long hump above the body midsection.

Engine(s): Two turboshafts mounted high and outside the body midsection.

Fuselage: Large, boat-shaped with rounded nose. Body tapers to rear. Glassed-in cockpit. Upswept rear section. Landing gear pods at lower midsection.

Tail: One tapered flat on right side of swept-back fin. Rotor on left side of fin.


Germany, Iran, Israel, USA.

More CH-53 Art

GTA 44-2-18:  CH-53 Front
GTA 44-2-18:  CH-53 Side
GTA 44-2-18:  CH-53 Bottom
GTA 44-2-10:  CH-53