Varig767 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 243 posts, RR: 3 Posted (8 years 4 months 21 hours ago) and read 3164 times:
Translated pressrelease from the Dutch Ministry of Defense:
"A CH-46D Chinook transport helicopter of the Royal Dutch Airforce took of monday August 8th from Soesterberg air base. It is bound for Mazar e Sharif in Afghanistan. The 6000km (about 3300nm) is flown in a couple of legs, therefore the Chinook will land in a.o. Ukrain, Russia and Turkmenistan. In 3,5 days the Chinook is due to arrive in Mazar e Sharif.
According the Royal Dutch Airforce is the distance an alltime record for the Chinook."
Wow, I presume those helicopters don't have autopilot, do they?
According to the Boeing website the cruisespeed is 143 knots, so that must be 23 hours minimally. It also stated that the maximum range is 230nm, so with a little mathematics that will be refueling 15 times...
AirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 20 hours ago) and read 3130 times:
I think there was a small yet significant typo: That's a CH-47D "Chinook" correct? The aged CH-46D "Sea Knight" that the US Navy is retiring for new MH-60S are even older than the CH-46E's I worked on in the Marines!
WrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3004 times:
If it is one of the ex-CAF Chinooks it has an onboard ferry capability of upto 5 3000lb fuel bladders (21,000Lbs fuel full load). It will extend the range quite substantially. I can't remember the exact figures but burn rate was high until you were down to bladder #3 then it levelled off.
Wiggidy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 113 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2996 times:
If this helicopter is equivelant to US CH-47Ds then yes it has a 3 axis autopilot, as well as GPS and an inertial navigation system. This should not be a difficult flight logistically as it is a pretty advanced aircraft. As far as range, Ive heard of blackhawks and pavehawks flying over 18 hours nonstop with aerial refueling so this flight should be a cake walk compared to those missions.