Great Lakes Helicopter
Engine: two 3,925 SHP T64-GE-413 General Electric
Empty weight: 23,485 #
Gross weight; 42,000 #
Lift: 20,000 #
Price: $1,033,333.00 as purchased from the U.S. Marines
Hourly operating cost: $3,000.00 est.
NOTES: Only one operator has purchased three CH-54D from the marines.
Manufactures model number is the S-65 offered to the public in 1975.
Five had to be sold in order to justify FAA normal category certification costs.
Could not get five operators to commit.
CH-53A with 2,850 SHP T64-GE-6 engines
HH-53B with 3,080 SHP T64-GE-3 engines. USAF
HH-53C with 3,435 SHP T64-GE-7 engines
The USAF has a higher gross weight of 50,000 # but its TBO is much lower.