The Boeing Vertol company designed the CH-46 in the nineteen fifties as a medium-lift tandem rotor transport helicopter for use by Marines. It was powered by twin turbine engines and to have an  all-weather capability. It got a ramp and a troop transport cabin. The type was used by the US Navy and USMC and a few are still in use in 2014. The KV-107 type was used by the Japanese armed forces and a few were exported (e.g. Sweden, Thailand,  and Saudi Arabia). Canada had the CH-113 Labrador.


CH-46 US Navy

This CH-46A with registration no 150954 is at the USS Midway carrier museum in San Diego, Ca., USA.  It has unit markings-HC-3, for Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 3. 

Photographed 2013 by Cees Hendriks, (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

Boeing Vertol 107 -II

This CH-46A was manufactured with c/n 2003 in 1962 and flew for the USMC CH-46 Sea Knight bur.no "150267". It was acquired by Columbia helicopters, a civilian helicopter operator since 1957 and registered "N191CH". It can be used for various tasks and has 2 General Electric CT58-140-2 engines giving it a cruise speed of 120 knots and a MTOW of 9,900 kgs. It was also briefly flown by Columbia in Papua New Guinea as P2-CHD.

The Columbia company home base is at Aurora, Oregon, USA but is was photographed during passage at Camarillo.

Photographed November 2017, by Cees Hendriks, (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

Several plastic scale models of the Vertol 107 exist though it is needed to check the kit for your desired variant/ version. In 1/144 scale FE resin has a model and in 1/100 Dahlmann. For aircraft carrrier models, Trumpeter has a 1/350 scale pack. In 1/72 there was an old Airfix kit (also in Testors box) which was rather basic, a Minicraft CH-113 followed by a much better Fujimi kit and more recent Hobbyboss. In 1/48 scale Academy has a nice kit.


This walk around page was first created October 2014 by M. de Vreeze