Chinook Helicopter .com

Discussion in 'Postwar' started by von Poop, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

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  2. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek

    Good site, VP. Korean crash is scary.
  3. von Poop

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  4. Owen

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    I've just read one first flew 60 years ago this month. .
  5. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    On my second tour (of three) in the Falkland Islands (1992), I had qualified for some downtime and was to be flown to a R & R center (A shelter made out of an old Iso container) on Weddell Island.

    A Chinook picked me up and just before we got there the Loady told me:

    "When the ramp goes down, run 50 yards, hit the ground and position yourself on top of your Bergen with your back to the Helicopter. Do not get up until the downwash subsides."

    I followed the loadys instructions. I waited and waited and waited. Still lots of downwash. Finally looked around and the Chinnook had long gone. This was just wind.

    Spent two days freezing my ass off and walking around sideways in the South Atlantic Wind.

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  6. Owen

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    My first ever flight was in a Chinnok from Keevil airfield to somewhere on Salisbury Plain back in spring of 1986.
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  7. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    There is the crash at the Mull of Kintyre in 1994, which has remained controversial. Just a starter: 1994 Scotland RAF Chinook crash - Wikipedia and a 2021 article: NEIL MACKAY’S BIG READ: Could new mobile phone link finally solve mystery of the Chinook tragedy?

    During the Afghan campaign 2001-2014 it was public knowledge that the loss of an entire laden Chinook would have a dramatic impact on public opinion. This partly explains why they were often accompanied by Apache attack helicopters, although the Chinook was faster than them.

    US SOF lost at least one Chinook in eastern Afghanistan, with a complete team aboard.
  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Thread on the forum about the1994 crash .
    Chinook disaster. Mull of Kintyre.1994
  9. Dan M

    Dan M Active Member

    A Chinook is faster than an Apache? Not doubting you, but....
  10. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    Dan M:
    Google says I am wrong: Apache 365 kmh and a Chinook 315 kmh.

    I blame my memory of a BBC documentary on the RAF Chinooks in Afghanistan, in the casualty evacuation role and the commentary.
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