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Marine’s New CH-53K Helicopter Transports F-35 Airframe Between Test Sites in Maryland and New Jersey

U.S. Marines flying a CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter transported an F-35C Lightning II airframe from the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Patuxent River (Pax ITF) to a Navy unit located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, April 24. A Marine aircrew from Marine Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VMX-1) flew the most powerful helicopter in the Department of Defense that carried the inoperable airframe, which was without mission and propulsion systems, outer wings, or additional equipment, to the Prototype, Manufacturing and Test (PMT) Department of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst for use in future emergency recovery systems testing. NAWCAD Lakehurst provides unique, full-service, test expertise, from test planning, setup, and configuration to test execution and data analysis for all varieties of Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE). “I just think this is a great opportunity for the Marine Corps, the joint force, and the world to see that the Marine Corps has a capability that no other force in the in the world has, in this case CH-53K,” said Marine Lt. Col. Adam Horne, lead pilot and officer in charge of the CH-53 Detachment, VMX-1, at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. VMX-1, […]

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