Boeing CH-47: This Is The U.S. Army's Best Helicopter
Boeing CH-47: This Is The U.S. Army's Best Helicopter The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engined, tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter developed by American rotorcraft company Vertol and manufactured by Boeing Vertol (later known as Boeing Rotorcraft Systems). The CH-47 is among the heaviest lifting Western helicopters. Its name, Chinook, is from the Native American Chinook people of modern-day Washington state. Almost half of the 6,000 plus total hours I’ve flown in my career took place in the legendary Boeing heavy-lift Chinook. During my second tour in Vietnam, I spent around 750 hours in the CH-47B while flying for the 132nd Assault Support Helicopter Company "Hercules."It kept me safe in the skies over Vietnam, and I was proud to continue flying the Chinook when I got back stateside. The CH-47 defined my flying career with the U.S. Army and the California Army National Guard. After returning home, I continued to fly the Chinook for the National Guard, accumulating an additional 2,000 hours with the 49th Medium Helicopter Company “Delta Schooners” out of Stockton, CA.
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