King Stallion: Newest Marine helo gets a royal rollout | Marine Corps Times | marinecorpstimes.com

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla – . – To the fanfare of a Marine bandand in the presence of helicopter royalty, Sikorsky rolled out the first flying CH-53K heavy-lift test helicopter Monday, moments after Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, revealed the new aircraft’s nickname: King Stallion.

The name perpetuates the Sea Stallion monicker of the two-engined CH-53 first introduced in 1966, and the later three-engined CH-53E Super Stallion.

The first flying CH-53K King Stallion is seen May 5 at its rollout at Sikorsky's facility in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“It is a bird that has a very special place in my heart,” said Sergei Sikorsky, son of company founder and helicopter pioneer Igor Sikorsky.

The younger Sikorsky, now 80 and a “goodwill ambassador” for the company, was the program manager in his younger days for the CH-53G version produced for the German Army, and came to Florida especially for the rollout.

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This thing is a beast. HUGE! As noted, the King Stallion is really an entirely new aircraft that just happens to look a lot like the “E” model.

There have been some programmatic issues, leading to a shakeup in 2009, but since that time, it has actually been a good example of a well run acquisition program. And do you know why? The answer is right there in the article, just a bit further down.

The key, he pointed out, was rigorous control over requirements creep — the tendency to want to add and change features over the course of construction. “No is the first thing you have to learn to say,” he said.

Just in case there is a program manager out there, I’mma emphasize that a bit-

The key, he pointed out, was rigorous control over requirements creep — the tendency to want to add and change features over the course of construction. “No is the first thing you have to learn to say,” he said.

 

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  1. Absolutely agree…but it is not PM’s who control requirements creep.

    It is the combat developer living with what is deliverable in terms of cost, schedule and performance.

    Just sayin’.

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