BOEING VERTOL CH-47 "CHINOOK"
The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a twin-engine transport helicopter which has been continually improved and developed since its maiden flight in 1961. Its tandem counter-rotating rotor configuration eliminates the need for a vertical rotor, so all power can be used for lift and thrust.
As the US Army's most important transport helicopter, the Chinook has served in every military conflict in which the US has been involved since 1966. During the Vietnam War it was used by the US Army to recover downed aircraft and to evacuate refugees.
The success of the CH-47 made it such a popular export that today it is in service in over two dozen countries. The Royal Netherlands Air Force will be showcasing a Boeing CH-47 Chinook as part of the Static Display at AIRPOWER16.
Facts & Figures
|Manufacturer||The Boeing Company|
|Rotor diameter||15.8 m|
|Max. takeoff weight||24,494 kg|
|Empty weight||12,000 kg|
|Max. payload||12,494 kg|
|Service ceiling||4,572 m / 15,000 ft|
|Max. speed||315 km/h / 170 kn|
|Powerplant||2 × Honeywell 55-L-714A|
|Power||2 x 5,000 hp|