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US ARMY CHINOOK HEAVYLIFT HELICOPTER TAKEOFF

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Published on Sep 9, 2012

US ARMY CHINOOK HEAVY LIFT HELICOPTER TAKEOFF

??Boeing CH-47 Chinook---Don't know for sure which one this is---feel free to let me know either way boys!!!

CH-47 Chinook

Approximately 163 CH-47Ds served in Kuwait and Iraq during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-91.[27]

The CH-47D is currently seeing wide use in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. The Chinook is being used in air assault missions, inserting troops into fire bases and later bringing food, water, and ammunition. It is also the casualty evacuation (casevac) aircraft of choice in the British Army.[28] In today's usage it is typically escorted by attack helicopters such as the AH-64 Apache for protection.[29][30] The CH-47D was particularly useful in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan where high altitudes and temperatures limited the use of the UH-60 Black Hawk.[2]

The Chinooks of several nations have participated in the Afghanistan War, including Britain, the Netherlands, Canada, and Australia. Despite the age of the Chinook, it is still in heavy demand in part due its proven versatility for modern warfare in Afghanistan

Field artillery section sling loading an M198 howitzer for airlift by a CH-47 Chinook
Role Cargo helicopter
Manufacturer Boeing Rotorcraft Systems
First flight 21 September 1961
Introduction 1962
Status Active service, in production
Primary users United States Army
Japan Ground Self Defence Force
Royal Netherlands Air Force
See CH-47 operators for others
Number built over 1,179[1]
Unit cost $35 million (2008) average[2]
Developed from Vertol Model 107
Variants Boeing Chinook (UK variants)

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) was faster than contemporary utility and attack helicopters of the 1960s. It is one of the few aircraft of that era, such as the C-130 and the UH-1 'Huey', that is still in production and front line service with over 1,179 built to date. Its primary roles include troop movement, artillery emplacement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo hooks.

The Chinook was designed and initially produced by Boeing Vertol in the early 1960s. The helicopter is now produced by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. Chinooks have been sold to 16 nations. Although some nations operate larger helicopters such as the Russian Mil Mi-26, the Chinook remains the heaviest lifting helicopter used by its largest operators, the US Army and the Royal Air Force, see Boeing Chinook (UK variants).

Improved and later versions

A CH-47 in a training exercise with US Navy Special Warfare, in July 2008Improved and more powerful versions of the CH-47 have been developed since the helicopter entered service. The US Army's first major design leap was the now-common CH-47D, which entered service in 1982. Improvements from the CH-47C included upgraded engines, composite rotor blades, a redesigned cockpit to reduce pilot workload, improved and redundant electrical systems, an advanced flight control system and improved avionics.[10] The latest mainstream generation is the CH-47F, which features several major upgrades to reduce maintenance, digitized flight controls, and is powered by two 4,733-horsepower Honeywell engines.[11]

A commercial model of the Chinook, the Boeing-Vertol Model 234, is used worldwide for logging, construction, fighting forest fires, and supporting petroleum extraction operations. On 15 December 2006, the Columbia Helicopters company of the Salem, Oregon, metropolitan area, purchased the Type Certificate of the Model 234 from Boeing.[12] The Chinook has also been licensed to be built by companies outside of the United States, such as Elicotteri Meridionali (now AgustaWestland) in Italy, Kawasaki in Japan, and a company in the United Kingdom.

Role Cargo helicopter
Manufacturer Boeing Rotorcraft Systems
First flight 21 September 1961
Introduction 1962
Status Active service, in production
Primary users United States Army
Japan Ground Self Defence Force
Royal Netherlands Air Force
See CH-47 operators for others
Number built over 1,179[1]
Unit cost $35 million (2008) average[2]
Developed from Vertol Model 107
Variants

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