*** Newcastle Aircraft Profile Day 9 (Part 3) RAF Chinook ***
Day 9 part 3 of our Newcastle Aircraft profile is an aircraft making its debut in Newcastle (And its first display in a long time in Northern Ireland) The RAF Chinook Helicopter which is sure to put on an amazing display.
The RAF Chinook Display Team, based at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, aims to demonstrate the RAF Chinook’s capability. As well as part of the 2017 RAF Chinook Display Team, the crew are also part of a fully operational Squadron where they combine their daily training demands with practising their display sequence.
Before the display season gets under way the entire crew must undergo an intense work up under the supervision of one of the squadron executives. For the 2017 Display Season this job has fallen to Squadron Leader Matt Holloway. Between Sqn Ldr Holloway and the team a new display sequence has been created. At the end of the 2015 season the display was flown on an aircraft carrying a specialised data recording suite. This gave the engineers much more information as to what stresses and strains the aircraft is put under during the rigorous display sequence. As a result, this years display, whilst still as impressive as ever, has had to be adjusted in order to fall within much stricter guidelines for the aircraft.
The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its primary roles are troop movement, artillery placement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external ventral cargo hooks. With a top speed of 170 knots
The Chinook was designed and initially produced by Boeing Vertol in the early 1960s; it is now produced by Boeing Rotorcraft Systems. It is one of the few aircraft of that era – along with the fixed-wing Lockheed C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft – that remain in production and frontline service, with over 1,200 built to date.
The first flight took place on 21st September 1961 and entered service a year later in 1962. The helicopter has been sold to 16 nations with the U.S. Army and the Royal Air Force being its largest users.
When you see the Chinook on Saturday, you are in for a surprise. For an aircraft of the size of the Chinook, it can really be thrown about the skies in an impressive display that has become a firm favourite of airshow goers in the last few years.
Info from RAF Chinook display team website and Wikipedia. Photo our own, taken at RIAT 2017
We hope you have enjoyed our Newcastle aircraft profiles, have a great day tomorrow! It looks like it will be another fantastic day.