Chinook Helicopter


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55 troops
24,000 lbs.
98 ft. 10 in.
18 ft. 11 in.
60 ft.
24,600 lbs.
50,000 lbs.
Honeywell T55
2 x 4,870 hp. ea.
180 mph
198 mph
1,600 fpm
18,000 feet
400 miles


Chinook Helicopter

Chinook Helicopter

The Chinook helicopter, produced by Boeing, has been a mainstay utility helicopter for the U.S. Army, U.S. National Guard, and United States allies around the world since its introduction in 1962. In addition to Boeing, the Chinook helicopter is being built under license by Agusta Westland.

The helicopter is relatively fast, with a maximum speed of close to 200 mph. It can handle up to 55 troops and 24,000 lbs. of cargo, either internally or carried under its fuselage on cargo hooks.

Both engines of the helicopter are located in the aft fuselage. In the event of an engine failure, a single engine can drive both rotors.

The Chinook helicopter is equipped with defensive incoming missile warning systems, can use chaff, flares and infrared jamming to confuse enemy missile homing systems, and has an extended probe for in flight refueling. Thirty caliber machine guns can be mounted on the loading ramp and in its doors.

The Chinook helicopter is all weather capable, has a ground following radar system and infrared sensors. Latest avionics include a Rockwell Collins design cockpit combining streamlining and simplified subsystems for navigation, mission planning and communications, plus a BAE advanced fly by wire system.

The Chinook helicopter has served in Vietnam, the first Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq. It saw action for Argentina during the Falkland Islands conflict.

Civilian versions of the Chinook helicopter are used around the world for oil exploration, forestry, as water dropping air tankers, for heavy lifting, as executive helicopters, in construction and for oil rig transportation.

In addition to the United States, the Chinook helicopter is being flown in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Great Britain, India, the Netherlands and Singapore.

In April of 2018 it was announced that Spain had placed an order for seventeen Chinook helicopters.

In October of 2018 the UK placed an order for sixteen Chinook helicopters at a cost of some US$3.5 billion. Equipment includes all-glass cockpits, M-134D-T mini­ guns, M240H machine guns GPS, missile warning systems, radio-frequency countermeasures, multi-mode radars, electro-optical and sensor systems. Internal auxiliary fuel tanks give the helicopters an extended range of over 400 miles.

In June of 2019 Boeing was contracted to produce one new-build and six remanufactured Chinook helicopter MH-47G Special Operation variants for US$194.2 million. The helicopters are used by the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces. It is anticipated that the remanufacturing process will enable the helicopters to remain in service for an additional twenty years.

In Feb. of 2020 the U.S. Special Operations Command awarded Boeing US$18,186,000 “to procure the long lead components and parts in support of Chinook helicopter model MH-47G rotary wing aircraft.  This action is required to satisfy an urgent need to sustain U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft and to mitigate the impact of the MH-47G aircraft availability in light of increased Special Operations Forces operational demands”.

Over 1,200 Chinook helicopter models of all types have been produced to date.

Chinook helicopter - Vario

RC Chinook Helicopter

The RC Chinook helicopter GPR fuselage kit from Vario includes all mechanics and landing gear.  Recommended is a Pyro 850-24L motor.  Fuselage length is 56 in. with two rotors of 61 in. each.  Fuselage width is 14 in. and all up weight is about 23 lbs.

The RC Chinook helicopter from XHeli has a length of 22 1/2 inches. It has rotors that are 17 3/4 inches in diameter. Powering it are four 370 SH motors. The all up weight is 27 oz. Included is a radio and all batteries needed.

The RC Chinook helicopter kit by Hirobo builds to 37 1/2 in. long and 16 in. high. Rotors are 43 in. It comes with a gyro and swash plate mixer controls. You will need a geared .50 engine for power.


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  2. Here is some trivia not many people know about. In 2011 after the big Japanese earthquake Chinook helicopters dumped water on the nuclear power plant reactors to cool them down.

  3. Thank you for the information, Bill. According to Japanese media two lead-lined military Chinook helicopters were able to make four drops each of 7.5 tons of seawater over the nuclear reactors. The helicopters carried under slung buckets which were lowered into the ocean and then flown over the reactors where the water was dropped.

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