Boeing CH-47 Chinook

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January 20, 2022

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor and heavy-lift helicopter. With a top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) the helicopter was faster than the attack helicopters of the 1960s. The CH-47 helicopter was one of the few aircraft of that era still in production line and forward service, with more than 1,179 built to date. Its main roles include troop movement, artillery and supplying battlefield equipment. It has a wide loading door at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo latches. This Chinook was designed and originally produced by Boeing Vertol in the early 1960s. This helicopter is now manufactured by Boeing Rotorcraft Systems. Chinooks have been sold to 16 countries with the US Army and Royal Air Force being the largest users. The CH-47 helicopter is one of the heaviest lift helicopters in the West.

Operators

Australia Canada Egypt Greece India Indonesia Iran Italy Japan Morocco Dutch Oman South Korea Saudi Arabia Singapore Spanish Taiwan Thailand Turkey great Britain United Arab Emirates United States of America

Ex operator

Argentina Libya South Vietnam Vietnamese

Specifications (CH-47F)

General characteristics

Crew: 3 (pilot, copilot, flight engineer) Capacity: 33-55 soldiers or 24 liters and 3 helpers or 28,000 lb (12,700 kg) of cargo Length: 98 ft 10 in (30.1 m) Rotor diameter: 60 ft 0 in (18.3 m) Height: 18 ft 11 in (5.7 m) Disc area: 5,600 ft 2 (2,800 ft 2 per disc rotor) (260 m 2 ) Empty weight: 23,400 lb (10,185 kg) Filling Weight: 26,680 lb (12,100 kg) Max. takeoff weight: 50,000 lb (22,680 kg) Powerplant: 2 × Lycoming T55-GA-714A turboshafts, 4,733 hp (3,631 kW) each

Achievements

Maximum speed: 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) Cruise speed: 130 kt (149 mph, 240 km/h) Range: 400 nm (450 miles, 741 km) Combat radius: 200 nm (370.4 km) Ferry range: 1,216 nm (1,400 mi, 2,252 km [ 91 ] ) Service ceiling: 18,500 ft (5,640 m) Climbing rate: 1,522 ft/min (7.73 m/s) Loading disc: 9.5 lb/ft 2 (47 kg/m 2 ) Power/mass: 0.28 hp/lb (460 W/kg)

Armament

up to 3 pintle mounted medium machine guns (1 on loading ramp and 2 on shoulder windows), generally 7.62 mm (0.308 in) M240 / FN MAG machine gun

Avionics

Rockwell Collins General Avionics System Architecture (CAAS) (MH-47G/CH-47F)

Reference

External links

CH-47D/F, MH-47E/G, CH-47 history, and Model 234 Chinook history pages on Boeing.com CH-47A/B/C Archived 2009-03-25 at the Wayback Machine., ACH-47A Archived 2006-11-06 at the Wayback Machine., CH-47D/F and CH-47 Chinook pages on Army.mil Archived 2007- 11-27 at the Wayback Machine. CH-47 page on Leonardocompany.com CH-47 page on GlobalSecurity.org CH-47 page on Vectorsite.net "Boeing's New Combat-Ready CH-47F Chinook Helicopter Fielded to First US Army Unit" Italian Chinooks – CASR Article The Kopp-Etchells Effect – CH-47 Night Landings in Afghanistan. Michael Yon online magazine The short film STAFF FILM REPORT 66-2A (1966) is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]

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