The CH-47 Chinook is a heavy-weight tandem-rotor transport helicopter,
developed by the American company Boeing for the United States Army (U.S.
Army). The Chinook has his primary role for transport of troops, artillery,
ammunition, fuel, water, supplies and equipment on the battlefield. Second
mission is medical evacuation, aircraft recovery, fire fighting, parachute
drops, heavy construction, civil development, disaster relief and SAR
There was also need for a special version for the U.S. Special forces
because they needed a new type helicopter which could land and take-off
on the water. The Special forces version is the MH-47D and the MH-47E
The first CH-47A Chinook was delivered to the US Army in 1962. The Chinook
has been used intensively during the Vietnam war where 200 of the 750
helicopters have been crashed.
The chinooks of the US Army will get a digital upgrade to keep the chinook
on the battlefield for te next 20 years.
The Chinook helicopter can transport troops, supplies, ammunition and
other battle-critical cargo in support of world wide combat and contingency
operations. It can carry 53 fully equipped troops. The minimal crew is
a pilot, co-pilot and a loadmaster.
Operators The chinook is / was / will be in service with some countries
The Chinook was delivered in the CH-47A (354 heli's), CH-47B and CH-47C
version but have all been updated to the CH-47D configuration. 300 from
the current 432 helicopters are/will be updates to the CH-47F and MH-47G
version. In 2005 Boeing and U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command signed
a contract to manufacture 17 new CH-47F helicopters for the Unites States
The CH-47F Chinook and MH-47G are the 6th version for the United States
Army. In 2001 flew the first CH-47F and on 15 may 2002 the first F chinook
was delivered to the U.S. Army. 394 D versions from the army will be updated
to the F version and 17 new F versions will be build. The F version features
reducing operating and support costs, improving availability and maintainability
(RAM) and is providing digital battlefield compatibility via communications
and navigation. Updating from D version to F version contains aircraft
remanufacturing, vibration reduction, improved avionics with integrated
digital mission management systems and a digital map, and installation
of more powerful Honeywell T55-GA-14A-714 engines with each 4.900HP and
digital fuel controls.
With a triple-hook system, the CH-47F can carry external loads like a
155mm howitzers at speeds up to 140 knots. The CH-47F has internal measures
of30x8.3x6.5 feet to transport 2 HMMWV or 1 HMMWV and
a 155mm howitzer and crew.
The US Army has 452 CH-47F's ordered, the Royal Netherlands Air Force
as the first export country has 6 ordered. These have been designated
by Boeing as CH-47F(NL).
(Le bourget, France, 2011)
(Space & Rocket center, Huntsville, AL, USA, 2017)
electrical, avionics and communication systems
awareness and improved digital map display
payload capacity of 21,500-pounds
range up to 329 nautical miles
manual-folding, tandem-rotor blades with 3 blades per hub
MH-74G Chinook SF
The MH-47G from the US Special Forces will utilize the U.S. Army’s
advanced Common Avionics Architecture applicable to all Special Operations
The United States Special Forces is now using the MH-47E and MH-47F.
During the Vietnam war more than 1 million missions were flown with the
chinook. The chinook transported damaged aircraft back. Between 1966 and
1973 more than 10.000 aircrafts were flew back with a rest value of more
than 5 billion dollar. 98 American chinooks crashed during the Vietnam
- On 6 April 2005 a CH-47 Chinook crashed into Afghanistan. 18 Americans
died: 15 of them were US Soldiers and 3 were civilians working for the
- On 28 June 2005 a American MH-47E Chinook was crashed by the taliban
in Afghanistan. Crew and all 16 special forces died. The MH-47E Chinook
belongs to the United States Special Forces Command.
- On 25 september 2005 a American CH-47 Chinook crashed in South-Afghanistan
All 5 soldiers were killed.
- On September 18th, a USA Chinook crashed in Iraq, killing 7 soldiers.
Australia has Chinooks which are operated by the
On 30 June 2014, Boeing delivered the last of 15 CH-47F to the Royal Canadian
Air Force which are designated as CH-147F.
11. the Netherlands
The Royal Netherlands Air Force has 11x CH-47D and 6x CH-47F(NL) Chinook
helicopters stationed with 298sq at Gilze-Rijen Air Force Base and with
302 squadron on Fort Hood, Texas, USA. Two CH-47D's crashed during deployment
The (D-versions) series D 661 till D 667 were bought from Canada after
revision (airframe) till 0 (zero) flighthours and upgraded till CH-47D.
The series D 101 t/m D 106 have been bought commercially by Boeing.
In 2007 all Dutch Chinooks got more armor in the cabin and in the cockpit.
Dutch D-version Chinooks have a Dutch unique cockpit design. The chinooks
from the Air Force of Singapore have almost the same cockpit.
New Chinooks for the Royal Netherlands
After the crash of 2 chinooks (tailnumber D-104 & D-105) and a need
for more air transport the Dutch ministry of defence decided to purchase
6 new chinooks to a total of 11+6=17. They want to get a total of 20 chinooks
but there isn't yet enough money. The problem is that the type chinook
the RNLAF is flying with, is no longer produced anymore. Because of that,
there have been studies to purchase the new CH-47F
version with the same cockpit which is now used.
The Dutch Ministry of Defence has now ordered 6 CH-47F helicopters,
worth 389.5 million euro's. Delivering is scheduled between july 2009
and january 2010. The Chinooks will be equipped with an Avionics Control
and Management System (ACMS) Block 6 cockpit from Honywell.
NL Missions with the Chinook
- Dutch Chinooks are used in a lot of operations like: Kosovo and Iraq.
- On 25 February 2005 the Dutch cabinet decided without a decision of
the Government to send 165 Dutch Special forces and 4 CH-47D Chinooks
- In support of the large mission of Dutch armed force to Uruzgan, a unknown
number CH-47D chinooks were send to Afghanistan. More info soon.
- On july 27, 2005 a Dutch CH-47D Chinook crashed in the Afghan city Spin
Buldak on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan when it wanted to
insert troops. The aircraft, one of two operating in the area at the time,
was responding to reports of enemy activity.
The helicopter was not shot by enemy fire but by fire when the aircraft
hit the ground. The crash was the result of "brown-out conditions".
Brown-out conditions is when the rotor kick up dust and debris, reducing
the pilots vision. This can occur dangerous landings. No one was injured
in the incident.
- On 31 october 2005 a second CH-47D Chinook (D-104) from the Royal Netherlands
Air Force was crashed 25 miles North-West of Bagram. The chinook was en
route from Mazar-e-Sharif to Bagram air base. From the 17 passengers,
3 were injured and taken to the USA military hospital at Bagram Air Base.
The others were taken to the Dutch detachment on Kabul International Air
The chinook could not be made anymore. That's why all usable parts have
been removed. Then, on 13 november the remaining chinook have been destroyed
Japan has CH-47J/JA Helicopters which are in service
with the Japanese Air-self defence force.
The Spanish Army initaly bought 19 CH-47C helicopters
which are designated as Chinook HT-17 and were delivered in 1972.
They were upgraded to CH-47D. Seventeen Chinooks are in service.
In January 2019, it was reported that all 17 CH-47D's will be upgraded
to the CH-47F configuration.
The British Air Force (Royal Air Force or: RAF) has the CH-47 Chinook
in the British version, the Chinook HC2. The RAF has the largest fleet
of chinooks after the US Army. The British chinook can be armored with
two M134 six-barrelled Miniguns and a M60 machine gun. The RAF flies with
a standard crew of 4: 2 pilots - or a pilot and a navigator - and 2 loadmasters.
The RAF has used the Chinook during operations like:
the Falklands conflict, North-Ireland, the 1e Gulf War, peace-keeping
missions on the Balkan, evacuation from Sierra Leone and during Operations
in Afghanistan and Iraq (Operation Telic).
The flight crew and ground forces are trained to operate for a large scale
of mission, also on British aircraft carriers.