CH-47 Chinook

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History of the CH-47 Chinook Helicopter

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a heavy lift helicopter that first saw service in 1962 and is still serving its country today. It is unique, powerful, reliable and has seen service in almost every military theater since its introduction. It is also the longest running production model in Boeing’s inventory.

Unbelievable Chinook Helicopter Extraction

Extreme Chinook Helicopter Troop Extraction. This is totally insane, but the pilot is awesome!  It looks like this was a video taken by a US Soldier in the Middle East.  The Chinook Pilot definitely has some serious piloting skill and confidence.  I can't imagine how hard it would be to hover the Chinook on it's tail and allow the soliders to load from the rear.

Boeing CH-47 Chinook Helicopter Performance Video

This video demonstrates the multiple uses of the Chinook CH-47 Helicopter.  The Chinook may look like a lumbering giant, but this video will change your opinion of the Chinook Dual-Rotor Helicopter.  The CH-47 goes through some powerful moves and you quickly realize that even the Chinook pilots get to have some serious fun with their machines.

This is the full display by the CH47 Chinook helicopter at Farnborough International Air Show July 2010.

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its primary roles are troop movement, artillery emplacement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo hooks. With a top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) the helicopter is faster than contemporary utility and attack helicopters of the 1960s. The CH-47 is among the heaviest lifting Western helicopters. Its name is from the Native American Chinook people.

The Chinook was designed and initially produced by Boeing Vertol in the early 1960s; it is now produced by Boeing Rotorcraft Systems. It is one of the few aircraft of that era – along with the fixed-wing Lockheed C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft – that remain in production and front-line service, with over 1,179 built to date. The helicopter has been sold to 16 nations with the U.S. Army and the Royal Air Force (see Boeing Chinook (UK variants)) its largest users.

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CH-47 Chinook History

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook Helicopter was an enlarged development of the Vertol Model 107, designated Model 114, which the Army preferred because of its greater capacity.  The prototype was first flown on September 21, 1961, and deliveries to the Army began in 1972 as the CH-47A Chinook.  With large twin rotors powered by relatively new turboshaft engines, plus a cavernous fuselage, the CH-47 offered helicopter airlift capability not previously available.  The Chinook features a cargo carrying fuselage which is basically clear of a obstructions, with the engine and gearbox in pylons above the fuselage and fuel in pods along each side.  A large split double door, of which the lower half also acts as a ramp, allows unobstructed rear access for freight or small vehicles.  Basic seats are located down each side of the fuselage for 33 troops although up to 55 can be carried.  At the end of the Vietnam War one Chinook was reported to have lifted 147 refugees.

The Chinook has been the subject of much engine development.  Th CH-47A had already incorporated an increased power T55 engine, the CH-47B included a further increase in power plus redesigned rotor blades; the CH-47C’s engine was more than three times that fitted to the C-47A and required a strengthened gearbox and increased fuel capacity.  Development Boeing CH-47 Chinook Helicoptercontinued with the CH-47D, with yet another power increase and equipment improvements, including NVG compatibility and the introduction of two additional hooks located under the fuselage to enable multiple underslung loads to be carried.  This model proved capable of handling a 25,000lb load, nearly twice the Chinook’s original lift capacity and the Army decided that this was to become their standard model.  As a result most of the surviving earlier models underwent a major refurbishment which resulted in nearly about 470 evolving to the CH-47D standard.