Boeing CH-147 CHINOOK
The Boeing Vertol CH-47C Chinook was a special uprated variant of the heavy-lift tandem-rotor helicopter acquired by the CF in 1974 and used primarily for Mobile Command operations.
The first aircraft unfortunately crashed on its initial delivery flight. The remaining seven survivors used extensively by the CF in transport duties associated with 10 Tactical Air Group (10 TAG).
These included medium airlift requirements including the transport of troops, rations, military supplies, transport and weapons for mobility operations. Arctic re-supply and special heavy-lift operations were also routinely undertaken. The Chinooks were based primarily with 447 and 450 Transport Helicopter Squadrons while employed by the CF.
Although highly versatile, the CH-147 Chinooks eventually proved to be maintenance intensive and consequently expensive to operate so the CF retired the fleet as an economy measure in 1991. The ex-Canadian aircraft were eventually refurbished by Boeing Vertol and sold to the Dutch Armed Forces.
The Canadian Armed Forces bought 6 Chinooks at $292 million from the US Army. Named CH-147D in canadian service ( 147201 / 147206 ), the aircraft were already deployed in Afghanistan and handed over in December 2008. On August 5, 2010 a CH-147 was brought down by enemy small arms fire and immediately burst into flames upon landing 20 km southwest of Kandahar city, Afghanistan. Eight of the 21 people aboard suffered minor injuries. On February 2011 was announced the five remaining CH-147 are to be sold as Afghan mission ends next June
Boeing received a US$1.15 billion contract from the Canadian government in August 2009 for 15 new CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. Under the contract, Boeing will match Canada's purchase price by executing contracts and investments of equal value with Canadian industry.
Designated the CH-147 in Canada, the Chinooks have been contracted to meet Canada's Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopter program requirements. They will be produced at the Boeing facility in Ridley Township, Pa., with deliveries expected to occur between 2013 and 2014.
Boeing CH-147D Chinook (CF Photo)