Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Christopher R. Rye
Erickson Incorporated has made its fourth delivery of Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion tail pylons to the U.S. naval fleet.
The company was contracted by Sikorsky on June 24, 2013, to supply the five out-of-production spare tail pylons, which the company produced at its Central Point, Oregon, facility. Erickson delivered the first three pylons on July 31, Aug. 31 and Sept. 19, respectively, and it expects to deliver the fifth and final pylon by the end of the year.
Erickson said it has a unique familiarity with Sikorsky drawings and specification systems, thanks to its purchase of the S-64 (CH-54) Skycrane certificate from Sikorsky in 1992.
The deliveries will directly support the U.S. Marine Corps—which continues to use the heavy-lift helicopter past its original retirement date. The CH-53K, designed to replace the aging 53E, completed its first flight Oct. 27 following a series of delays. It is not expected to reach initial operating capability until 2019.