Boeing Helicopter

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CH-47 Helicopter Landing

The CH-47 crew consists of either two pilots, or a pilot and a weapon systems officer (WSO), and two air loadmasters. The helicopter pilot captain is responsible for the safe operation of the aircraft and completion of the mission, while the co-pilot or WSO operates the mission-management systems, navigation, communications and the self-defence suite.

Chinook Helicopter in Hover

The CH-47 helicopter is primarily used for trooping and for carrying internal and/or underslung loads and can carry up to 55 troops or 10 tonnes of freight. The Chinook's cabin is large enough to accommodate two Land Rovers, while the three underslung load hooks allow a huge flexibility in the type and number of loads that can be carried externally. Secondary roles include search and rescue and casualty evacuation, in which role a total of 24 stretchers can be carried.

Chinooks Flying in Formation

Chinook helicopters were introduced in 1962 as the CH-47 Chinook, and models A, B and C were deployed in Vietnam. As the product of a modernization program, which included refurbishing existing CH-47s, the first CH-47Ds were delivered in 1982 and were produced until 1994. A central element in the Gulf War, they continue to be the standard for the U.S. Army in the global campaign against terrorism. Since its introduction 1,179 Chinooks have been built.

Chinook Helicopter deploying Army Troops

The Boeing Chinook is a multi-mission, heavy-lift transport helicopter. Its primary mission is to move troops, artillery, ammunition, fuel, water, barrier materials, supplies and equipment on the battlefield. The Chinook's secondary missions include medical evacuation, disaster relief, search and rescue, aircraft recovery, fire fighting, parachute drops, heavy construction and civil development.

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