SIKORSKY H-53 SEA STALLION

SEA STALLION SERVICE

Manufacturer: Sikorsky Aircraft Division, United Aircraft Corp., Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
(In 1975, became Sikorsky Aircraft Division, United Technologies Corp.,
Stratford, Connecticut, USA)
Models: S-65, S-80
Designation: H-53 (CH-53)
Names: Sea Stallion; Super Jolly Green Giant (HH-53B/C),
Super Stallion (CH-53E), Sea Dragon (MH-53E)
First official flight: (YCH-53A) 14/10/1964
Factory production period: 1963 - present
Primary service period: 1966 - present
Last official flight: Still in service

SEA STALLION VARIANTS

1964 Model S-65 YCH-53A 2  
1965 Model S-65A CH-53A 137 Total: 139
         
1967 Model S-65 HH-53B 8  
1968 Model S-65 HH-53C 44  
1968 Model S-65 CH-53C 20 Total: 072
         
1969 Model S-65C CH-53D 126  
1968 Model S-65C S-65C-1 2  
1969 Model S-65C S-65C-2 2  
1969 Model S-65C S-65C-3 36  
1972 Model S-65C RH-53D 36 Total: 202
         
1974 Model S-80 YCH-53E 2  
1975 Model S-80 CH-53E 180  
1983 Model S-80 MH-53E 47  
1989 Model S-80 S-80M-1 11 Total: 240
Grand Total: 653
1969 Foreign built - West Germany:
Model S-65
CH-53G 110 Grand Total: 110

SEA STALLION PRODUCTION

YCH-53A
Prototype twin-engined, 6-bladed
rotor, heavy transport / assault
helicopter for USMC.
Produced 1963 - 1964

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

BuNo.151613, 151614 65-001, 65-002 2 Total: 002

CH-53A
As YCH-53A, engine upgrade, minor
changes for USMC. 7 temporarily to
USAF with s/n: 67-14426 / 67-14432.
Produced 1965 - 1968

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

BuNo.151686 / 151701 65-003 / 65-018    
BuNo.152392 / 152415 65-019 / 65-042    
BuNo.153274 / 153313 mixed 65-043 to 65-084    
BuNo.153705 / 153739 65-091 / 65-125    
BuNo.154863 / 154884 mixed 65-126 to 65-155 137 Total: 137
24 additional airframes cancelled.

HH-53B Super Jolly Green Giant
As CH-53A, SAR version for USAF, 
engine upgrade, refuelling probe,
external fuel tanks, rescue hoist.
Produced

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

66-14428 / 66-14435 mixed 65-066 to 65-090 8 Total: 008

HH-53C Super Jolly Green Giant
As HH-53B, engine upgrade, cargo
hook, minor changes for USAF.
Produced

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

67-14993 / 67-14996 65-142 / 65-145    
68-8283 / 68-8286 65-146 / 65-149    
68-10354 / 68-10369 65-184 / 65-199    
69-5784 / 69-5797 65-263 / 65-276    
73-1647 / 73-1652 65-385 / 65-390 44 Total: 044
30 additional airframes cancelled.

CH-53C Super Jolly Green Giant
As HH-53C, transport only version
for USAF.
Produced 1968 - 1970

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

68-10922 / 68-10933 65-251 / 65-262    
70-1625 / 70-1632 65-335 / 65-342 20 Total: 020

CH-53D
As CH-53A, larger cabin, engine
upgrade for USMC.
Produced 1968 - 1972

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

BuNo.156654, 156655 65-158, 65-159    
BuNo.156656 / 156677 65-160 / 65-181    
BuNo.156951 / 156970 mixed 65-182 to 65-217    
BuNo.157127 / 157176 mixed 65-218 to 65-302    
BuNo.157727 / 157756 65-303 / 65-332    
BuNo.157930, 157931 65-333, 65-334 126 Total: 126

S-65C-1
As CH-53D, pre-production version
for West Germany. US designation:
CH-53G.
Produced 1968

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

BuNo.154885, 154886 65-156, 65-157 2 Total: 002
All delivered as:
(WGAF) 84+01, 84+02

S-65C-2
As CH-53D, military export version for Austria.
Austrian designation: S-65-Oe.
Produced 1969

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut

(Austria) 5L-MA, 5L-MB 65-223, 65-224 2 Total: 002

S-65C-3
As CH-53D, military export version for Israel,
named as the Ya'sur (Albatross).
Produced 1969 - 1975

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut

(Israel) mixed 030 to 967 mixed 65-235 to 65-409 36 Total: 036

RH-53D
As CH-53D, MCM version, engine
upgrade, refuelling probe for US Navy.
Later redesignated as MH-53D.
Produced 1972 - 1977

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

BuNo.158682 / 158693 65-355 / 65-366    
BuNo.158744 / 158761 65-367 / 65-384    
BuNo.160099 / 160104
- 6 to Iran as 6-2701 / 6-2706.
65-412 / 65-417 36 Total: 036

YCH-53E Super Stallion
Prototypes with three-engined upgrade,
7-bladed rotor, longer fuselage, redesigned
tail assembly for USMC.
Produced 1973 - 1974

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

BuNo.159121, 159122 65-391, 65-392 2 Total: 002

CH-53E Super Stallion
As YCH-53E, production version
for USMC, refuelling probe, first 2
were pre-production prototypes.
Produced 1975 - present

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

BuNo.159876, 159877 65-410, 65-411    
BuNo.161179 / 161184 65-418 / 65-423    
BuNo.161252 / 161265 65-424 / 65-437    
BuNo.161381 / 161395 65-438 / 65-452    
BuNo.161532 / 161543 65-453 / 65-464    
BuNo.161988 / 162012 65-465 / 65-489    
BuNo.162478 / 162496 65-490 / 65-508    
BuNo.162499 / 162502 mixed 65-509 to 65-514    
BuNo.162517 / 162526 65-529 / 65-538    
BuNo.163059 / 163064 mixed 65-546 to 65-554    
BuNo.163072 / 163087 mixed 65-557 to 65-581    
BuNo.164358 / 164367 mixed 65-582 to 65-596    
BuNo.164536 / 164538 65-597 / 65-599    
BuNo.164539 65-591    
BuNo.164776 / 164791 mixed 65-600 to 65-634    
BuNo.164859, 164860 65-635, 65-636    
BuNo.165243 / 165254 65-637 / 65-648    
BuNo.165344 / 165347 65-649 / 65-652    
BuNo.165503, 165504 65-653, 65-654    
BuNo.165651 65-655 180 Total: 180
25 additional airframes cancelled.

MH-53E Sea Dragon
As YMH-53E, MCM version for US Navy.
Produced

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut (SI)

BuNo.162497, 162498 65-510, 65-511    
BuNo.162503 / 162516 65-515 / 65-528    
BuNo.163051 / 163058 mixed 65-539 to 65-556    
BuNo.163065 / 163071 mixed 65-558 to 65-572    
BuNo.164764 / 164767 65-606 / 65-609    
BuNo.164768 / 164773 65-611 / 65-616    
BuNo.164792, 164793 65-602, 65-603    
BuNo.164861 / 164864 65-617 / 65-620 47 Total: 047
13 additional airframes cancelled.

S-80M-1
As MH-53E, military export version for Japan.
Produced

Sikorsky Stratford, Connecticut

(JMSDF) 8621 / 8631 mixed 65-540 to 65-610 11 Total: 011

VH-53F - CH-53E VIP staff transport version, 6 cancelled.
S-80E - Military export version of CH-53E, no orders as yet.

CH-53K - Upcoming CH-53E upgrade for USMC / US Navy.

Grand Total: 653

Foreign built - West Germany:
CH-53G
As CH-53G, licence built version for
West Germany. First 20 were built
from US supplied kits.
Produced

(VFW-Fokker GmbH)
Vereinigte Flugtechnische Werke GmbH (VFW),
Postfach, West Germany

(WGAF) 84+03 / 84+99 V65-001 / V65-097    
(WGAF) 85+00 / 85+12 V65-098 / V65-110 110 Grand Total: 110

SEA STALLION CONVERSIONS

Military Conversions

US Navy / USMC

GCH-53A 1 CH-53A(154867), ground inst. airframe, non-standard s/n: 67-30052.
RH-53A 15 CH-53A, 1971-1973, USN mine counter-measures (MCM) conversions
with engine upgrade.
(MH-53A) 15 RH-53A, redesignation for dual SAR / Special Forces role.
VH-53D 2 CH-53D, 1970, VIP staff transport conversions.
YMH-53E 1 CH-53E(161395), 1981, prototype to the MH-53E Sea Dragon variant
for mine counter-measure (MCM) duties, larger side sponsons.

USAF

NCH-53A 1+ CH-53A, permanent test conversions.
TH-53A 6 CH-53A, 1989, trainer conversions. Assigned s/n: 66-14468 / 66-14473.
HH-53H 11 1 HH-53B / 8 HH-53C / 2 CH-53C, 1975-1986, "Pave Low III" avionics
upgrade for night SAR duties. 1 HH-53B prototype designated as
YHH-53H "Pave Low II".
(MH-53H) 8 HH-53H, 1986-1990, redesignation with avionics upgrade for dual
SAR / Special Forces role.
MH-53J 43 35 HH-53B, HH-53C, CH-53C / 8 MH-53H, 1986, "Pave Low III Enhanced"
avionics upgrade for dual SAR / Special Forces role, engine upgrade.
(TH-53B) 6 MH-53J, trainer conversions.
(MH-53M) 25 MH-53J, 1998, "Pave Low IV" SAR / Special Forces avionics upgrade.

Foreign Conversions

CH-53GS 20 CH-53G, major avionics / equipment upgrade for West Germany.
CH-53GE 26 As CH-53GS, additional SAR upgrade for West Germany.
CH-53GA 40 CH-53G, 2010, major avionics / equipment upgrade for West Germany.
Ya'sur 2000 1+ S-65C-3, major avionics / equipment upgrade for Israel.
Ya'sur 2025 1+ S-65C-3, major avionics / equipment upgrade for Israel.

Civil Conversion

S-65C

1

CH-53D, 1976, conversion for civil use test flown by NASA.

FOREIGN MILITARY SERVICE
 - CH-53's in military service with Austria, Iran, Israel, Japan, Mexico
   and West Germany.

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