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Boeing CH-47 Chinook

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The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its primary roles are troop movement, artillery placement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external ventral cargo hooks. With a top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) the helicopter was faster than contemporary 1960s utility helicopters and attack helicopters, and is still one of the fastest helicopters in the US inventory. The CH-47 is among the heaviest lifting Western helicopters. Its name is from the Native American Chinook people.

The Chinook was designed and initially produced by Boeing Vertol in the early 1960s; it is now produced by Boeing Rotorcraft Systems. It is one of the few aircraft of that era – along with the fixed-wing Lockheed C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft – that remain in production and frontline service, with over 1,200 built to date. The helicopter has been sold to sixteen nations with the U.S. Army and the Royal Air Force being its largest users.


  • Argentina
    • Argentine Air Force
    • Argentine Army
  • Australia
    • Royal Australian Air Force (former)
    • Australian Army
    • Royal Australian Navy
  • Canada
    • Royal Canadian Air Force
    • Royal Canadian Navy
  • Republic of China
    • Republic of China Army
  • Egypt
    • Egyptian Air Force
  • Greece
    • Hellenic Army
  • India
    • Indian Air Force
  • Iran
    • Islamic Republic of Iran Army
  • Italy
    • Italian Army
  • Japan
    • Japan Air Self-Defense Force
    • Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
  • Korea
    • Republic of Korea Air Force
    • Republic of Korea Army
  • Libya
    • Libyan Air Force
  • Morocco
    • Royal Moroccan Air Force
  • Netherlands
    • Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • Portugal
    • Portuguese Air Force
  • Saudi Arabia
    • Royal Saudi Land Forces
  • Singapore
    • Republic of Singapore Air Force
  • Spain
    • Spanish Army Airmobile Force
  • Thailand
    • Royal Thai Army
  • Turkey
    • Turkish Land Forces
  • United Arab Emirates
    • United Arab Emirates Air Force
  • United Kingdom
    • Royal Air Force
  • United States
    • United States Army
  • Vietnam
    • South Vietnamese Air Force
    • Vietnam People's Air Force
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