Boeing/Vertol CH-47D 'Chinook'

Notes: Upgraded CH-47A/B/C models. Tandem rotor transport for cargo, troops, and weapons during day/night/visual/ instrument conditions. All weather flight capable, quadricycle gear, rear loading (3 CREW, 3
  Base model:H-47
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Helicopter
  Modified Mission:Transport

  Length: 99' 0" 30.1 m
  Height:18' 7.8" 5.6 m
  Wingspan: 60' 18.2 m
  Wingarea: 5,654.8 sq ft 525.3 sq m
  Empty Weight: 23,093 lb 10,473 kg
  Max Weight: 50,000 lb 22,675 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Lycoming T55-712
  Horsepower (each): 3750

  Range: 1,255 miles 2,020 km
  Cruise Speed: 159 mph 256 km/h 138 kt
  Max Speed: 18 mph 28 km/h 15 kt
  Climb: 1,330 ft/min 405 m/min

Known serial numbers
81-23381 / 81-23383, 82-23762 / 82-23780, 83-24102 / 83-24125, 84-24156 / 84-24179, 84-24180 / 84-24187 , 85-24322 / 85-24369 , 85-24734 / 85-24744 , 86-0390 / 86-0401 , 86-1635 / 86-1682 , 87-0069 / 87-0116 , 88-0062 / 88-0109 , 89-0130 / 89-0177 , 90-0180 / 90-0226 , 91-0230 / 91-0271 , 92-0280 / 92-0323 , 93-0661 / 93-0673 , 95-88183


Recent comments by our visitors
 Wesley Cuyle
 Fallbrook, CA
This is directed to Bobbie Cuyle. I believe I can help clarify some of your memories about Dad and his flying career in the Army. He was qualified in all of the Army's rotary winged as well as light fixed wing aircraft.I will be happy to correspond with you since we have not had contact for over 10 years.He flew Hueys his first two tours in Nam.It wasn't until his third tour that he piloted Chinooks.
08/16/2008 @ 16:53 [ref: 22473]
 David Navas
 Andorra, OTH
I would like to know the landing area needs or specifications because a CH-47D in rescue mission can land with security. It is not a military operation, I am a volunteer of Red Cross. So, to decide a landing area and to select a good location to land it.

02/02/2008 @ 00:12 [ref: 19506]
 Rob P
 Portsmouth, AL
I have been flown in various Chinooks. The pilots who fly them refer to them as the 'widow makers' as in the early days when the gears went out of synchronisation they had a rather nasty way of mashing rotor blades with each other!
All said and done, I would rather fly in one than the Puma helicopter.
08/09/2007 @ 02:11 [ref: 17530]
 Bobbie Cuyle
 Lexington, GA
My father flew chinooks in 1967-1969 in Vietnam with a group called Boxcar, if anyone has any information on him I would really appreciate it his name is Robert E. Cuyle, SR when he bacame a pilot for the USA he was a Capt., he retired as a Major with medical problems and retired from Ft. Benning, GA any information would be greatly appreciated. He is deceased but that was one of his loves.

Sincerely, Bobbie Cuyle
08/04/2007 @ 10:21 [ref: 17450]
 Nashville, TN
I'm a college student doing research on the Vietnam War. I need to find an expert or a scholarly source to tell me why the helicopters had webbed seats on them. Can anyone help me? I would greatly appreciate it.
07/29/2007 @ 16:17 [ref: 17335]
 marietta, GA
The USMC does not have any H47's but they do have H-46's
07/21/2005 @ 17:26 [ref: 10805]
 James Earl Long
 Daleville, AL
The CH47 helicopter is a fine aircraft, was trained in 1970 as a repairman on them before going to Nam. Was a junior and later a senior crewmember on the CH47A with 2200 series transmissions and C model blades was called a super A in the Unit. B model, Baby C or C minus, with L7 series engines, and the super C with L11 ASA, and Ram D engines and the D models with 712Engines. The D model a great improvement over earlier models. Spent 20 of 24 years in the Army in aircraft maintenance and training on the aircraft. There were many versions of the chinook when there were only A,B, and C models. Have many great memories and a few somber ones. Note: Those that know call on the Chinook units for support, and their history testifies to that fact.
07/11/2005 @ 20:03 [ref: 10717]
 Tony Gutierrez
 El Paso, TX
Yes, the U.S.Army is the only American branch to have CH-47 Chinook helicopters. I should know, I was a flight engineer on them for 7 of my 12 years in the Army. The Chinook doesn't get enough credit because it is a cargo aircraft. But when someone needs help for a troop haul, slingload, or support, they come begging.
11/15/2004 @ 01:37 [ref: 8626]
 lacrosse, FL
1967 Republic of Veitnam A/228 , I was a 67U10 Multi-Engine
Tandom Rotor Mechanic. They were A Models and they just came back from the A SHAU valley .
Started out as crew chief and had one outstanding FLIGHT ENGINEER
If I had a choice of rotor wings that I trusted to do the job, there is no other. WHAT IS FIRST PRIORITY?

05/24/2004 @ 21:40 [ref: 7472]
 Sgt. Roy McRay retired
 Auburn, CA
It's been a few years, but I can still vividly remember those red webbed seats for 16 jumpers on a stick. It was one of the choppiest helicopter rides out there, but walking off the tail ramp gave the softest chuting jumps I've ever had. Loading up, the jets were pretty hot walking up the ramp. I've ridden into a hot landing zone and I'll tell you, it's amazing what those pilots could pull off for a landing and not touch the ground. Those flyboys were magicians. They'd be in and out and have dropped their load without the enemy knowing they'd stopped and dropped. It quite the experience and a sight to behold. A+ for combat CH47 flyboys! 12th Gp Special Forces, US Army.
05/18/2004 @ 14:21 [ref: 7432]


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