Some interesting pictures of a USMC CH-53E Super Stallion conducting external lifts.
Taken on Jan. 6, 2016, the following cool photos feature U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 2 conducting external lifts in conjunction with a CH-53E from Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 302 at Camp Lejeune, N.C. .
The Marines with CLB 2 are responsible for directing the aircraft from the ground and attaching the load with help from crew chief, thus giving them the capability to move heavy loads in a combat environment.
Thanks to its impressive lift capacity in fact the Super Stallion is able to carry a 26,000-pound Light Armored Vehicle, 16 tons of cargo 50 miles and back, or enough Marines to lead and assault or humanitarian operation.
The latest version of the iconic CH-53, designed CH-53K King Stallion, will replace the current E variant in the coming years and will feature a lift capacity three times that of the Super Stallion retaining the same size of its predecessor.