Chinook a military workhorse
About 1,000 Chinook helicopters have been built for the U.S. military.
August 6th, 2011
11:58 AM ET

Chinook a military workhorse

The CH-47 Chinook that crashed Saturday in Afghanistan is the workhorse helicopter of the military, used for decades to haul large numbers of troops and quantities of equipment.

Depending on the configuration, the tandem-rotor Chinook can carry 33 to 55 troops, plus two pilots on the flight deck, according to Jane's Defence Equipment and Technology.

The Boeing-built copter runs on two Honeywell engines providing 3,000 to 4,000 horsepower each. It is capable of speeds up to 159 mph. The front rotor turns counter-clockwise while the rear rotor turns clockwise. The Chinook's three cargo hooks can lift up to 60,000 pounds of equipment.

The military fleet of nearly 1,000 Chinooks comprises multiple configurations with different types of mission-specific avionics, armor and equipment, including night vision, weather radar, infrared engine noise suppression and infrared countermeasures to ward off heat-seeking missiles.

About 450 Chinooks have been sold to other countries' militaries, according to Jane's All the World's Aircraft.

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  1. saywhat

    @ Cesar

    Bitter but true.
    However these men were our own & died in the line of duty. That 'duty' was imposed on them by politicians who have no sense of history or the reality on the ground or that this war is going nowhere ,but duty it was.
    Our hearts & prayers go out to the families.

    August 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. james r.

    Yes the CH-47 has been a real workhorse for the U.S. military,since 1962!, my question for those whom have a higher paygrade than this former,lowly First Class Seamen, is why those valuable well trained SEALS were not!! being ferried about in more than one,newer,smaller,more maneuverable Hueys??,any four star clown wanna be got an answer.

    August 8, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • skytag

      "any four star clown wanna be got an answer"

      This was really childish.

      August 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
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