Max Gross Weight: 50,00 lbs
Cruise Speed: 165 mph
Endurance: 2.2 hours
Maximum Range: 300nautical miles
Crew: 2 pilots, 1 crew chief
Payload: 15,873 pounds (33 combat troops)
*The Chinook was designed in the 1950's and used extensively in Vietnam. The twin-engine, tandem rotor cargo helicopter is used not only to carry troops, but large equipment from howitzers to bulldozers. A new modernization is underway to extend the service life of this helicopter into the next century.
see CH-53 listing.
Actions in Desert Storm--
The Chinook provided much of the lift utilized in the 300helicopter attack by the 101st Airborne. This raid, the largest heliborne operation ever undertaken, was successful in establishing a resupply base deep inside Iraq which allowed allied forces to continue their remarkable success without running out of fuel. Chinooks were also used to transport a number of enemy prisoners from front-line units that captured them to the rear where they were put in POW camps.
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