Spirit AeroSystems has rolled out the first composite fuselage for the industry’s largest heavy-lift development effort, the Sikorsky CH-53K, planting the Kansas fuselage specialist firmly into the industry’s largest rotorcraft development program and giving Spirit its first dedicated military project. The CH-53K is a fly-by-wire replacement for the U.S. Marine Corps’ 30-year-old CH-53Es that also includes new GE Aviation GE38-1B turboshaft engines developing 7,500 shp. The fuselage is ...

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