Aurora delivers first main rotor pylon for CH-53K

Aurora delivers first main rotor pylon for CH-53K

23-Apr-2011 Source: Aurora Flight Sciences

On April 26, 2011 Aurora Flight Sciences will celebrate the delivery of the first CH-53K Helicopter Main Rotor Pylon (MRP) structural assembly to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

The CH-53K helicopter will be the world’s premier heavy lift helicopter. The helicopter will provide the US Marine Corps expeditionary forces with heavy lift capability well into the 21st century.

The April 26 delivery is the first of five MRP assemblies to be delivered as part of the CH-53K Helicopter System Development and Demonstration program. The MRP assembly section will be integrated to the CH-53K Helicopter Ground Test Vehicle (GTV) at Sikorsky’s Florida Assembly and Flight Operations (FAFO) facility located in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Media Coverage: This event is open to invited guests and press.
Event Location: Aurora Flight Sciences
3000 East Benedum Industrial Drive
Bridgeport, WV 26330
304 842 8100

Media Pre-set: 10:30 A.M. The event will run from 11:00AM to 12:30PM

Lunch will be served


  • The Honorable David McKinley, US House of Representatives
  • Dr. John S. Langford, President and CEO Aurora Flight Sciences
  • Todd Anderson, Regional Coordinator Senator Manchin’s Office
  • Colonel Robert D. Pridgen (USMC), Program Manager, Heavy Lift Helicopters (PMA-261)
  • Colonel Robert Tobin (USMC), HQMC
  • Gregory Hames, CH-53K Helicopter Deputy Program Manager, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
  • Carl Schaefer, CH-53K Program Manager, Aurora Flight Sciences

About Aurora Flight Sciences

Aurora Flight Sciences designs and builds aerospace vehicles for commercial and military applications. Aurora is headquartered in Manassas, VA and operates production facilities in Bridgeport, WV and Columbus, MS as well as a Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA. To view recent press releases and more about Aurora please visit our website at

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