Editor, The Armory Life
Hello all, here is today's article posted on TheArmoryLife.com. It is titled “Flying the Boeing CH-47 Chinook Helicopter” and can be found at https://www.thearmorylife.com/boeing-ch-47-chinook-helicopter/.
when i worked at redstone arsenal the NEW 47 program was to be the cats MEOW.I was a Sky Crane driver, the 47 'A' model sucked, and we worked with them resupplying the troops. At the time, we could tell the weight on the hook and turned down the load if it was too heavy. A lot of the time, the '47' driver would hook up and take the load we had turned down. The pylons would go out of alignment as they flew off.
The latest '47' here at Rucker, now named after Mike, a true friend, and well-respected man, is a pure wonder! It is a workhorse, and the best heavy hauler in the fleet. This aircraft wasn't discarded for the latest theoretically wonderful boondoggle; it was made better with every new model.
As I said above, I was mainly a CH46 guy, but when we transitioned to the new CH53E Superstallions, the difference was amazing. Three engines vs. two, seven blades on the main rotor. 200+ mph and amazing lift capacity. I did fly some gun runs on the CH53E once the Squadron added them, and a full power vertical lift was an express elevator. One of my squadrons was the first Marine MEU to be SOC. I miss it, I miss it a lot. We trained with the military units from around the world. I still stay in touch with a Marine from the Royal Dutch Marines I met back in the early 80s....Pretty good article. However I don’t know a Pilot or Crewchief in Army Aviation that doesn’t show bias for their aircraft. As a 9 year veteran in the 80’s & 90’s on the UH-60, I could come up with many points that would show why the Blackhawk was not a “Lesser” aircraft. That being said, I understand the gravitas of the pilot who wrote the article. The CH-47 is a good aircraft, but couldn’t perform every mission the military requires by itself.