The MD Helicopters MD 500 series is an American family of light utility civilian and military helicopters. The MD 500 was developed from the Hughes 500, a civilian version of the US Army's OH-6A Cayuse/Loach. The series currently includes the MD 500E, MD 520N, and MD 530F.
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 21, 2013) Sailors participate in a foreign object damage (FOD) walk-down on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Eric M. Butler/ Released)
The heavy-lift helicopter of the Marine Corps (CH-53E Super Stallion) can carry a 26,000-pound Light Armored Vehicle, 16 tons of cargo 50 miles and back, or enough combat-loaded Marines to lead an assault or humanitarian operation.