sikorsky s-65 H-53

in usa US Air Force


Del'd: 78 - 1968 to 2008






s-65 H-53 US Air Force

History of this Model in this Organisation:

The US Air Force start receving the HH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant in 1968 as replacement for the HH-3 Jolly Green Giant as their long range combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter.
The basically similiar CH-53C was used for general transport work, Missile Site support, and aerial drone recovery.
The much improved MH-53 Pave Low upgrade was introduced in the 1980s which in turn were finally replaced by the CV-22B Osprey in 2008.

8 HH-53B
44 HH-53C
20 CH-53C
upgrades as HH-53H Pave Low II
    HH-53H redesignated MH-53H
upgrades as MH-53J Pave Low III
upgrades as MH-53M Pave Low IV

6? TH-53A ex USMC
Bunos 66-14428 / 14435 ( c/n 65-043/050 ) - 8 HH-53B
BuNos 67-14993 / 14996 ( c/n 65-091/094 ) - 4 HH-53C
BuNos 68-8283 / 8286 ( c/n 65-130/133 ) - 4 HH-53C
BuNos 68-10354 / 10369 ( c/n 65-160/175 ) - 16 HH-53C
BuNos 68-10739 / 10754 16 HH-53C Cancelled
BuNos 68-10922 / 10933 ( c/n 65-218/222, 255/231 ) 12 CH-53C
BuNos 69-5784 / 5797 ( c/n 65-232 & 65-240/252 ) - 14 HH-53C
BuNos 70-1625 / 1632 ( c/n 65-335/342 ) - 8 CH-53C
BuNos 73-1647 / 1652 ( c/n 65-385/390 ) - 6 HH-53C

Assigned in 1989:
BuNos 66-14468 / 14473 - 6 ex USMC CH-53A




Last MH-53 Pave Low in going away ceremony ...



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Units with this Model in this Organisation:

YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
1998/0820th SOS Cannon AFB
Hurlburt Field
1998/0721st SOSUK RAF Mildenhall
1994/07551 SOSKirtland AFB
1990/0131st RQSKR Osan Air Base
JP MCAS Futenma
RP Clark / Diosdado Macapagal
1988/9821st SOSUK RAF Mildenhall
UK RAF Alconbury
UK RAF Woodbridge
1980/9820th SOSHurlburt Field
1976/8741st RQSMcClellan
1975/88601st TASSDE Sembach Kaserne
DE Wiesbaden
1975/8233 RQSJP Kadena AFB
1973/9055 RQSEglin AFB
1971/8867 ARRSUK RAF Woodbridge
1971/87551 SOSHill AFB
1971/7341st RQSMcClellan
Hamilton AFB
1970/7540th ARRSTH Khorat
TH Nakhon Phanom
TH Udon Air Base
1968/7521st SOSTH U-Tapao
1967/7237th ARRSVN Da Nang
TH Udon Air Base

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Construction Numbers of this Model in this Organisation: Help Us    

C/NModBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    65-118 ch-53a     63-13694: TH-53A xfer USAF as TH-53A, 63-13694, unk; wfu & asgd as GCH-53A, u+
US Marine Corps 153732: Sikorsky S-65A, c/n 65-118, ff:?; del USMC as CH-53A 15+
1
    65-066 HH-53B     66-14428: USAF; conv to MH-53J
    65-073 HH-53B     66-14429: USAF; conv to MH-53J
1973-74 I was at 1550 ATTW, Hill AFB with this
In 73-74 I worked on this, became crew chief. Had the night +
    65-085 HH-53B     66-14430: USAF; 40th ARRS w/o 18jan69
    65-086 HH-53B     66-14431: USAF; conv to MH-53J
1973-74 I was at 1550 ATTW, Hill AFB with this
1998 Ops loss 551 SOS, Kirtland AFB, NM, no fatalaties. Dest+
    65-087 HH-53B     66-14432: USAF; conv to MH-53J
    65-088 HH-53B     66-14433: USAF; conv to MH-53J; 02sep10 pictured preserved at 58th SOW+
    65-089 HH-53B     66-14434: USAF; 40th ARRS w/o 28jan70
    65-090 HH-53B     66-14435: USAF; 1550th ATTW w/o 23sep81
8
    65-006 ch-53a     66-14468: TH-53A ex USMC CH-53A; 1989 to USAF as TH-53A; 17jul01 AMARC/HC0024
2003 moved to Hurlburt Field, FL
US Marine Corps 151689: USMC CH-53A; 23Dec74 to MASDC/1J0027
    ch-53a     66-14469: TH-53A ex USMC CH-53A; 1989 to USAF as TH-53A; fate unk
    65-018 ch-53a     66-14470: TH-53A ex USMC CH-53A; 1989 to USAF as TH-53A; 27jul01 AMARC/HC002+
US Marine Corps 151701: USMC CH-53A; 03Sep74 to MASDC/2J0018; Returned to servi+
    65-046 ch-53a     66-14471: TH-53A ex USMC CH-53A; 1989 to USAF as TH-53A with 551 SOS; 15jul03+
US Marine Corps 153277: USMC CH-53A
    65-117 ch-53a     66-14472: TH-53A ex USMC CH-53A; 1989 to USAF as TH-53A; 27jul01 AMARC/HC002+
US Marine Corps 153731: USMC CH-53A
    65-139 ch-53a     66-14473: TH-53A ex USMC CH-53A; 1989 to USAF as TH-53A; 27jul01 AMARC/HC002+
US Marine Corps 154876: USMC CH-53A
6
    65-060 ch-53a     66-30043: TH-53A rts & xfer USAF as TH-53A 67-30043, unk; wfu & std AMARC as +
US Marine Corps 153291: Sikorsky S-65A, c/n 65-060, ff:?; del USMC as CH-53A 15+
1
    65-142 HH-53C     67-14993: mh-53m USAF; conv to MH-53M; 20th SOS w/o 19mar03
    65-143 HH-53C     67-14994: mh-53m USAF; conv to MH-53M
mh-53m jul99 21st SOS
mh-53m USAF; early Jun07 type:MH-53M in Poland for support HMX-1. 2+
    65-144 HH-53C     67-14995: mh-53m USAF; conv to MH-53M
    65-145 HH-53C     67-14996: USAF; 55th ARRS w/o 08oct69
4
    65-120 ch-53a     67-30046: TH-53A rts & xfer USAF as TH-53A, 67-30046, unk; wfu & xfer 309 AMA+
US Marine Corps 153734: Sikorsky S-65A, c/n 65-120, ff:?; del USMC as CH-53A 15+
1
    65-130 ch-53a     67-30052: TH-53A rts & xfer USAF as TH-53A, 67-30052, unk; xfer 82nd TRW as G+
US Marine Corps 154867: Sikorsky S-65A, c/n 65-130, ff:?; del USMC as CH-53A 15+
1
    65-184 HH-53C     68-10354: USAF; 6514th TS w/o 30oct86
this aircraft crashed into a mountain duing a site survey. I+
Settled with power and landed hard (crashed) into the LZ. Re+
    65-185 HH-53C     68-10355: USAF; 6594th TG w/o 18jan85 at 540nm N of Hawaii attempting +
MRB BIM caution light came on enroute to ship. When acft ent+
    65-186 HH-53C     68-10356: USAF; conv to MH-53J
    65-187 HH-53C     68-10357: USAF; 21nov70 as Apple 1 during Son Tay raid; conv to MH-53J+
This HH-53C is featured prominently in a forthcoming book (T+
    65-188 HH-53C     68-10358: USAF; conv to MH-53J
    65-189 HH-53C     68-10359: USAF; 40th ARRS w/o 27mar72 Laos
    65-190 HH-53C     68-10360: USAF; conv MH-53J; 551 SOS; AMARG/AAHC0036; 18nov11 to Demil+
    65-191 HH-53C     68-10361: USAF; 37th ARRS w/o 18aug72 at Danang, Vietnam during rocket+
    65-192 HH-53C     68-10362: USAF; 40th ARRS w/o 14jun73 Cambodia
    65-193 HH-53C     68-10363: USAF; conv to MH-53J
    65-194 HH-53C     68-10364: USAF; conv to MH-53J; 02jun99 crash Fort Bragg, NC, repaired+
    65-195 HH-53C     68-10365: USAF; 37th ARRS w/o 06apr72 vietnam during Bat 21 rescue
    65-196 HH-53C     68-10366: USAF; 37th ARRS w/o 25nov71 near DaNang Vietnam
    65-197 HH-53C     68-10367: USAF; conv to MH-53J; preserved AFB Hill Aerospace Museum, O+
    65-198 HH-53C     68-10368: USAF; 67 ARRS w/o 24jun77 Woodbridge Air base UK; cockpit us+
24jun72 pictured as HH-53C type refueling from HC-130N 69-58+
    65-199 HH-53C     68-10369: mh-53m USAF; conv to MH-53M
20aug08 pictured with 20th SOS flying over coastline near Hu+
Sep08 preserved at Hill AFB, Utah
Holds the record, along with 68-10360, for the longest rescu+
16
    65-251 CH-53C     68-10922: USAF; 1551st CCTW w/o 30nov71 hit ground during night
    65-252 CH-53C     68-10923: USAF; conv to MH-53H; conv to MH-53J
    65-253 CH-53C     68-10924: USAF
Jan75 CH-53C type 601st TASS first 2 delivered for unit with+
Jun84 at Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland supporting HMX-1 duri+
MH-53J jul99 21st SOS, RAF Mildenhall
mh-53m conv to MH-53M; 2005 20th SOS Hurlburt Field, FL
08jul05 pictured as MH-53M type at LRAFB, AR after diverted +
    65-254 CH-53C     68-10925: USAF; 21st SOS w/o 15may75 during Mayaguez rescue. 2Lt Rich+
    65-255 CH-53C     68-10926: USAF; 21st SOS w/o 15may75 during Mayaguez rescue
    65-256 CH-53C     68-10927: USAF; Nov75 CH-53C type 601st TASS new delivered
w/o 17mar76 at Sembach Germany, asg 601st TASS. 4 fatalities
    65-257 CH-53C     68-10928: USAF; Nov75 CH-53C type 601st TASS new delivered
Jun84 based at Sembach, West Germany pictured at Phoenix Par+
mh-53m USAF; conv to MH-53M unk; preserved Memorial Air Park, Hurlb+
    65-258 CH-53C     68-10929: USAF; 21st SOS w/o 18feb71
    65-259 CH-53C     68-10930: USAF; Nov75 CH-53C type 601st TASS new delivered
mh-53m USAF; conv to MH-53M; 13feb03 20th SOS damaged at Kuwait; re+
    65-260 CH-53C     68-10931: USAF; 21st SOS w/o 01mar71
    65-261 CH-53C     68-10932: USAF; Oct76 CH-53C type 601st TASS new delivered
USAF; Jun84 pictured at Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland suppor+
    65-262 CH-53C     68-10933: USAF; 21st SOS w/o 13may75 Udorn, Thailand
12
    65-146 HH-53C     68-8283: USAF; 40th ARRS w/o 30jun70
    65-147 HH-53C     68-8284: mh-53m USAF; conv to MH-53M; preserved RAF Cosford Museum Cold War +
    65-148 HH-53C     68-8285: USAF; 40th ARRS w/o 21jul71
w/o 21jul71, shot down in Laos
    65-149 HH-53C     68-8286: mh-53m USAF; conv to MH-53M; 20th SOS; w/o 18mar02 Afghanistan
4
    65-263 HH-53C     69-5784: USAF HH-53C type
MH-53J Jul99 MH-53J type asg 21st SOS, RAF Mildenhall
mh-53m 11jul04 MH-53M type asg 21st SOS, RAF Mildenhall
11jul04 pictured at Bierset air show, Belgium
    65-264 HH-53C     69-5785: mh-53m USAF; conv to MH-53M; preserved Maxwell AFB Alabama
    65-265 HH-53C     69-5786: USAF; 1550th ATTW w/o 18jul80 Dugway Proving Grounds Utah
    65-266 HH-53C     69-5787: USAF; 33 ARRS w/o 26feb79 crashed into sea during aerial ref+
This unfortunate accident occurred as a result of a retiring+
This is bs. the Major flying was in upgrade training to Flig+
    65-267 HH-53C     69-5788: USAF; 40th ARRS w/o 27dec72 abandoned and destroyed by A-7 C+
15-24 Aug70, this HH-53 was one of a pair that performed the+
27jun72 participated in the rescue of Valent 03A by lowering+
    65-268 HH-53C     69-5789: USAF; conv to MH-53J
    65-269 HH-53C     69-5790: mh-53m USAF; conv to HH-53H; conv to MH-53M
MH-53J USAF; jul99 21st SOS
    65-270 HH-53C     69-5791: mh-53m USAF; conv to HH-53H; conv to MH-53M; 20th SOS w/o 02nov01 A+
    65-271 HH-53C     69-5792: USAF; 1551st CCTW w/o 27jul82 New Mexico during night aerial+
    65-272 HH-53C     69-5793: mh-53m USAF; date unk pictured with 41st ARRS at McClellan AFB, +
    65-273 HH-53C     69-5794: mh-53m USAF 69-05794; conv to MH-53M
20th SOS w/o 07sep07 emergency landing during NVG training a+
    65-274 HH-53C     69-5795: USAF HH-53C;
MH-53J 31jul94 MH-53J type pictured with 21st SOS at RAF Fairford
mh-53m 11jul04 MH-53M type asg 21st SOS at RAF Mildenhall
early Jun07 MH-53M type with 21st SOS in Poland to support H+
06oct07 to AMARC/HC0048
    65-275 HH-53C     69-5796: 1970s pictured (top) with 67 ARRS at RAF Woodbridge, UK
Jul80 pictured (middle and bot) at Koksijde, Belgium
Jun07 MH-53M type 21st SOS in Poland for support HMX-1
mh-53m USAF; conv to MH-53M; 06oct07 to AMARC/HC0049
    65-276 HH-53C     69-5797: USAF; 1978 HH-53C type 67 ARRS
mh-53m conv to MH-53M; 20th SOS w/o 13apr04 hit by RPG at Zawbaa, I+
14
    65-335 CH-53C     70-1625: USAF, first CH-53C second batch; Nov75 CH-53C type 601st T+
MH-53J conv to MH-53J; 27may95 pictured as MH-53J type 21st SOS at+
jul99 21st SOS
mh-53m conv to MH-53M
20th SOS w/o 23nov03 at Bagram, Afghanistan
    65-336 CH-53C     70-1626: USAF; Nov75 CH-53C type 601st TASS new delivered
mh-53m USAF; conv to MH-53J; conv to MH-53M; preserved AFB Robins G+
    65-337 CH-53C     70-1627: USAF; 21st SOS w/o 15may75 during Mayaguez rescue
    65-338 CH-53C     70-1628: USAF; 21st SOS w/o 24jan75
    65-339 CH-53C     70-1629: USAF; Apr80 CH-53C type 601st TASS new delivered
mh-53m USAF; conv to MH-53J; conv to MH-53M
    65-340 CH-53C     70-1630: mh-53m USAF; conv to MH-53J; conv to MH-53M
11jul04 MH-53M type 21st SOS homebase
USAF; early Jun07 type:MH-53M in Poland for support HMX-1. 2+
    65-341 CH-53C     70-1631: mh-53m USAF; conv to MH-53J; conv to MH-53M
    65-342 CH-53C     70-1632: USAF; Jan75 CH-53C type 601st TASS first 2 delivered for uni+
USAF; 601 TASS w/o 26sep75 Paderborn, Germany
8
    65-385 HH-53C 1974     73-1647: Sikorsky S-65C c/n 65-385, ff?; del USAF as HH-53C, 73-1647,+
USAF; conv HH-53H; 1st SOW w/o 17oct84 near Clark AFB, Phili+
    65-386 HH-53C 1974     73-1648: Sikorsky S-65C, d/d USAF as HH-53C unk
31jul77 pictured as HH-53C at Ramstein AFB, Germany
conv HH-53H; conv MH-53J; Sep87 crashed during CAPEX, 1 kill+
    65-387 HH-53C 1974     73-1649: USAF; conv HH-53H; conv MH-53J; conv MH-53M
mh-53m 11jul04 MH-53M type asg 21st SOS at RAF Mildenhall
preserved at Pima Air Museum, Tucson Arizona
    65-388 HH-53C 1974     73-1650: mh-53m Sikorsky S-65C c/n 65-388, ff?; del USAF as HH-53C, 73-1650,+
USAF; conv HH-53H; 20th SOS w/o 14nov84 near Pope AFB North +
Acft completed the low-level and was climbing to the AR trac+
    65-389 HH-53C 1974     73-1651: USAF; conv HH-53H; 20th SOS w/o May 1986 or 1988 impacted ri+
crash date 21may86
    65-390 HH-53C 1974     73-1652: mh-53m USAF; conv HH-53H; conv MH-53J; conv MH-53M; 2009 preserved +
jul99 with 21st SOS, RAF Mildenhall
06jun08 pictured (top) with 20th SOS at Pipestem, WV during +
19apr14 saw it at Tindall AFB museum. I am former 67 ARRS an+
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