U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallions with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 fly overhead during a Marine Aircraft Group 24 (MAG-24) maximum readiness and integrated training mission, Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 19, 2020. MAG-24 launched seven Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion, seven Bell Boeing MV-22B Ospreys, and two Bell UH-1Y Venoms, conducting the mission to increase proficiency through integrated training to produce readiness and project power.
Marine Aircraft Group 24 (MAG-24) is a United States Marine Corps aviation unit based at Marine Corps Air Facility Kaneohe Bay. MAG-24 is subordinate to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and the III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF). MAG-24 was activated along with Marine Aircraft Group 23 (MAG-23) at Marine Corps Air Station Ewa on 1 March 1942 and attached to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2d MAW) (which had only been activated in Jan 1941). The MV-22B Osprey and CH-53E Super Stallion are the two platforms that comprise MAG-24.
The Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion is a heavy-lift helicopter operated by the United States military. It was developed from the CH-53 Sea Stallion, mainly by adding a third engine, adding a seventh blade to the main rotor and canting the tail rotor 20 degrees. The Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, tiltrotor military aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities. The Bell UH-1Y Venom is a twin-engined, medium-sized utility helicopter, built by Bell Helicopter under the H-1 upgrade program of the United States Marine Corps.