Sikorsky S-65C-1 in
germany Heeresflieger

German Army Aviation

Del'd: 2 - 1970 to present

In the late 1960s, West Germany began a competition for a helicopter to replace Piasecki H-21 Flying Bananas and Sikorsky H-34s in West German Army service, and awarded a contract to Sikorsky for the CH-53G, basically a CH-53D without refueling probe or external tanks, in June 1968. Sikorsky provided two machines directly, and then provided kits to a group led by VFW-Fokker for the construction of 20 more. Initial flight of a German-assembled CH-53G was on 11 October 1971, with the type going into West German Army service in 1973. 90 more CH-53Ds were built in West Germany with a decreasing level of Sikorsky content, for a total of 112 machines in West German service.

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YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
1972/nowLuftwaffe (German Air Force)

Construction Numbers Help Us

C/NBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    65-156 1970     84+01: S-65C-1, c/n 65-156, ff?; accepted USN as CH-53G 154885 unk;+
United States Naval Aviation 154885: S-65C-1, c/n 65-156, ff?; accepted USN as CH-53G 154885+
    65-157 1970     84+02: S-65C-1, c/n 65-157, ff?; accepted USN as CH-53G 154886 unk;+
United States Naval Aviation 154886: S-65C-1, c/n 65-157, ff?; accepted USN as CH-53G 154886+

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