Military: Chinook helicopter

Posted: May 26, 2009 in British Forces, Military
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Where the Herc is my favourite airplane of the British Forces, the Chinook is my favourite chopper.

“A Chinook CH47 helicopter releases decoy flares whilst flying over the desert in Afghanistan in support of British troops in Helmand province.”

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The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a versatile, twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) was faster than utility and attack helicopters of the 1960s and even many of today. 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.

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As Mr M always says, when you’re in it it feels as if it shouldn’t be able to fly. 😉

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All images copyright MoD, Crown Copyright.

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Comments
  1. sequelguerrier says:

    Mr M is right! It’s such an improbable looking thing to be able to get itself into the air. I mean, come on, a sort of longish, squat tube with a couple of submarine towers stuck at the ends and rotors on top and that’s supposed to fly?!?! The god of engineers only knows how they came up with this design. But work it does and work well for over 40 years already!

  2. Marquesate says:

    It’s funny, both of my favourite aircraft have been in service for long.

  3. […] 28, 2009 by Marquesate Remember my post about the Chinook helicopter, my favourite chopper? (how could one not love the big’un). Here is a lovely video of the […]

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