So I cruised over to Cranky’s place, and what do I find? Some fling-winged goodness. Cranky saw a CH-53 go by and it inspired him to find this video.
Mind you, this is a Luftwaffe (German Air Force) CH-53. Our Marines operate two different versions of the CH-53 as a transport and the Air Force operates the MH-53M as a special operations and search and rescue bird known as the Pave Low. The Air Force guys operate the Pave Low much like this video, only they do it at night.
I’ve only had one ride in a CH-53. When my platoon was training on Molokai Island in Hawaii, we recieved a mission to move about 5 miles. Now, normally a 5 mile walk isn’t bad, but the terrain there was unbelievable. The trek would have taken us all day and a goodly part of the night. But as we were getting ready to move out, a Marine CH-53 from Kanehoe started doing practice landings in a clearing next to us. My Platoon Sergeant, SFC Lopez ran out and flagged them down. “How about a lift?” Surprisingly, they were more than willing, and fitting the whole platoon in was a piece of cake. We reached our objective about 15 hours ahead of the rest of the company. Thanks, guys!