January 13th, 2010
07:18 AM ET

Inside the choppers

In Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military relies heavily on helicopters, from tiny Kiowas to Blackhawks to Apaches. One of the granddaddies of them all is the CH-53E, or "Sea Stallion." Designed for moving troops or gear, the Sea Stallions are huge, powerful and sometimes fun to hitch a ride on. CNN's Atia Abawi and cameraman Scott Clotworthy recently took a ride for an inside look at the chopper in Afghanistan.

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