Development began in 1956 as the Vertol model 114. In Jun 1959 a US Army contract for 5 prototype effective battlefield medium/heavy lift helicopters was awarded. The second prototype was the first to fly on 21 Sep 1961 and the CH-47A entered US Army service in Aug 1962. In the meantime (1960) Boeing had acquired Vertol.
The CH-47 Chinook is tandem rotor medium/heavy lift helicopter with a pair of 3 bladed, contra-rotating rotors atop a square section, semi-monocoque, all-metal fuselage, supported on a non-retracting quadricycle undercarriage. Twin engines mounted externally on either side of the rear rotor head above a downward opening rear loading cargo ramp. Variable number of cargo hook hard points on the fuselage underside.
Hugely successful design has been developed and improved for over forty years in a number of versions and for a variety of customers, with every prospect of life extensions for another thirty.
Also built by Kawasaki in Japan and Meridionali in Italy. Chinooks have served in all branches of the US military and para-military and the armed forces of Argentina, Australia, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Italy, Japan, Libya, Morocco, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and the UK. A commercial version (the Model 234) is also available. Canadian military examples are designated CH-147.
CH-47 Chinook News
RAF Chinook 40th Anniversary, 01-Dec-20 : The Royal Air Force remembered the arrival at RAF Odiham on 22nd November 1980 of the first Chinook helicopter. The Chinook has been involved in every major conflict since then seeing action in the South Atlantic, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan
Vector 35 Years Servicing the Chinook, 03-Oct-17 : Helitech 2017 Vector Aerospace, MRO services provider, celebrating 35th anniversary servicing the RAF Chinook helicopter at Fleetlands, Gosport and Almondbank
US Army Chinook Landing at PCX Aerostructures, 25-Oct-16 : US Army recognizes PCX Aerostructures for 40 years of manufacturing and delivering complex Flight Critical assemblies for the Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter
Oldest Surviving Chinook to Fort Eustis Museum, 09-Mar-13 : #Museum Summit Aviation restored the oldest surviving CH-47A Chinook helicopter for the US Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Virginia
50 years of Chinook. Remembering Frank Piasecki, 23-Aug-12 : Nicole Piasecki, daughter of Frank Piasecki, who created the tandem rotor design, talks about her father’s contribution to aviation
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Derivatives & Versions
|YHC-1B / YCH-47A||1960|
|ACH-47A Guns A Go-Go||1965|| Four CH-47A Attack Cargo Helicopter were converted to gunships in November 1965. The four aircraft were named Cost of Living, Easy Money, Stump J ... |
|CH-47B Chinook||1966|| Powered by two Lycoming T55-L-7C 2,850 shp engines. Featured a blunted rear rotor pylon, redesigned asymmetrical rotor blades, and strakes along ... |
The CH-47B was to be ordered by the RAF to replace the Belvedere. Subsequently cancelled.
|EM CH-47C Chinook||1968|
|347||1970|| Testing advanced technologies for future designs, in 1965 Boeing Vertol modified a Bv-107II as a concept demonstrator with four stub wings among ... |
|CH-147 Chinook||1974|| CH-47C for Canadian Armed Forces |
|B 414 - H-47D Chinook||1979|| In 1976 three US Army Chinooks (one for each existent version, A,B and C)
were chosen to be converted to the new CH-47D variant which have upgra ... |
|KHI CH-47J||1988|| The CH-47J is a medium-transport helicopter for the Japan Ground Self Defence Force, and the long range SAR helicopter for the Japan Air Self Def ... |