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H-47 Chinook

The Chinook is a tandem rotor, twin engine, heavy-lift helicopter designed to transport artillery, troops, ammunition, fuel and supplies within military theaters of operation. The tandem rotor configuration provides exceptional handling qualities enabling the Chinook to operate in climatic, altitude, and crosswind conditions that keep most other helicopters from flying.

Contractor

Primary contractor: Boeing

Crew

1 Pilot
1 Co-Pilot
1 Flight Engineer

Capacity

33 troops
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10 886,22 kilograms of external cargo 24 000 pounds of external cargo

CH-47F Chinook

CH-47F Chinook Copyright © Boeing

Status

In active service

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length (fuselage): 15.47 meters 50.75 feet
Length with rotating rotor: 30.14 meters 98.89 feet
Rotor diameter: 18.29 meters 60 feet
Width (fuselage): 3.79 meters 12.42 feet
Height: 5.68 meters 18.65 feet
Weight
Maximum gross weight: 22 680 kilograms 50 000 pounds
Maximum takeoff weight: ~36 740 kilograms 81 000 pounds
Features
Power plant: two Honeywell T55-714A engines
Performance: 4 868 shaft horsepower (each engine)
Fuel capacity: ~20 410 kilograms 45 000 pounds
Maximum speed: 170 knots true airpseed (~302 kilometers per hour) (~188 miles per hour)
Cruise speed: 157 knots true airpseed (~291 kilometers per hour) (~181 miles per hour)
Service Ceiling: 6 096 meters 20 000 feet
Mission radius: 200 nautical miles (~370 kilometers) (~230 miles)

MH-47G Special Operations Chinook

The MH-47 is a special forces variant of the CH-47. It provides an in-flight refueling capability, a fast-rope rappelling system as well as other upgrades.
MH-47G Special Operations Chinook

Status

In active service

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length (fuselage): 15.85 meters 52 feet
Length with rotating rotor: 30.18 meters 99 feet
Rotor diameter: 18.29 meters 60 feet
Width (fuselage): 4.8 meters 15.75 feet
Height: 5.77 meters 18.92 feet
Weight
Maximum gross weight: ~24 494 kilograms 54 000 pounds
Features
Power plant: two Honeywell 55-GA-714A engines
Performance: 4 733 shaft horsepower (each engine)
Fuel capacity: ~7 828 liters 2 068 gallons
Speed: 170 knots (~315 kilometers per hour) (~196 miles per hour)
Mission radius: 340 nautical miles (~630 kilometers) (~391 miles)