The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a multi-mission, heavy-lift transport helicopter. Its primary mission is to move troops, artillery, ammunition, fuel, water, barrier materials, supplies and equipment on the battlefield. Its secondary missions include medical evacuation, disaster relief, search and rescue, aircraft recovery, fire fighting, parachute drops, heavy construction and civil development.

The Chinook was introduced in 1962 and the models A, B and C were deployed in Vietnam. As the product of a modernization program, which included refurbishing existing CH-47s, the first CH-47Ds were delivered in 1982 and were produced until 1994. A central element in the Gulf War, they continue to be the standard for the U.S. Army in the global campaign against terrorism. Over 1200 Chinook have been manufactured. The latest version CH-47F features several major upgrades to reduce maintenance, digitized flight controls, and is powered by two 4,733-horsepower Honeywell engines.

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CH-47D  KLu

This particular CH-47D helicopter was upgraded from the original older USAF versions. It has code D-664 (serial M.3664/NL004) and was introduced end 1995 and is used by the Dutch Air Force on behalf of all armed forces. It flies primarily from Gilze Rijen AFB, The Netherlands. It was photographed at Florennes AFB, Belgium during an Open Day, June 2012. 

Photographed by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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CH-47D  KLu

CH-47D helicopter seen at Gilze Rijen AFB, The Netherlands. It was photographed during an Open Day, June 2014. The orange net is a "bambi bucket"  for water bombing.

Photographed by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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CH-47D  KLu

CH-47D helicopter seen at Gilze Rijen AFB, June 2014. 

Photographed by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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CH-47F  KLu

CH-47F with code "D-891" is a more capable helicopter than the CH-47D. It has a grey overall scheme and is also operated by the Royal Dutch AF. Seen at Gilze Rijen AFB, June 2014. 

Photographed by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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 Several scale models exist of the Chinook, very old ones but also quite good models. In 1/72 the Italeri/Revell kits are good and in 1/48 from Italeri and Trumpeter. In 1/35 Trumpeter also has a big kit.