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Lexington Park in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion

 
 
Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 14, 1999
1. Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion Marker
Inscription. The CH-53A, the predecessor of America’s largest helicopter today, the CH-53E, was first flown in October 1964 and began entering service in 1966. Within 16,000 lb of cargo capacity, this large all-weather-capable helicopter could carry two jeeps, 105 mm howitzer, or 38 fully-equipped combat troops, giving the Marines valuable mobility in Vietnam. The CH-53A has also demonstrated the impressive ability to perform loops and barrel rolls and in April 1968, a Marine Corps CH-53A made the first automatic terrain clearance flight in helicopter history. For shipboard stowage, the Sea Stallion’s rotor blades and tail pylon folded hydraulically.

The helicopter displayed was the third CH-53A to roll off the production line. Entering service with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 363 in 1968, it was transferred to the Naval Air Development Center, Warminster, PA, in 1971 as a development aircraft, pioneering advanced technologies. Some of these technologies include Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) and the Helicopter Night Vision System (HNVS), both of which gained public attention for their role in Desert Strom. After being involved in research right up to the Gulf War, this helicopter was retired to the museum.
 
Location. 38° 16.571′ N, 76° 27.683′ 

Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 14, 1999
2. Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion
W. Marker is in Lexington Park, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Three Notch Road (SR 235). Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington Park MD 20653, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grumman A-6 Intruder (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The F9F-8B “Cougar” (about 300 feet away); Cedar Point Lighthouse (about 400 feet away); Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (about 500 feet away); Against the Odds (about 600 feet away); The African American Monument In Elmer Brown Freedom Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Welcome to the African American Monument of St. Mary's County (approx. 0.9 miles away); Architectural Significance of the First Lexington Park Community (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington Park.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, 1st Iraq & Desert StormWar, Vietnam
 
Patuxent River Naval Air Museum-building entrance image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 14, 1999
3. Patuxent River Naval Air Museum-building entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 28, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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