By R&WI Staff | March 30, 2018
The 2018 ILA Berlin Air Show will see the international debut of Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky’s CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter. According to Lockheed Martin, this is the first time a King Stallion has been loaded into a C-17 Globemaster and transported to the base of a European ally.
Sikorsky demonstrated the King Stallion's strategic airlift capability during an exercise at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, prior to the departure for Germany.
A trained Sikorsky crew partially disassembled the CH-53K helicopter, loaded it into the C-17 cabin and then unloaded the helicopter while representatives from Naval Air Systems Command and the U.S. Marine Corps observed the exercise. As a result, the CH-53K program achieved its air transportability test loading activity certification from the U.S. Air Force.
The helicopter will remain at the Holzdorf Air Base, a military airfield operated by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe), until the start of the ILA Berlin Air Show. The CH-53K will showcase its capabilities, maneuverability and advanced fly-by-wire technology during demonstration flights at the air show.