Columba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 6991 posts, RR: 4 Posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4300 times:
Quote: KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 (Bernama) -- The Boeing Company's first production CH-47F Chinook helicopter has successfully completed its first flight on Oct. 23 from its Rotorcraft Systems facility in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania.
Testers there evaluated the aircraft's systems and structural performance.
Boeing will deliver the new CH-47F to the U.S. Army for operational testing before being deployed in 2007.
After conducting the flight, Boeing test pilot Erik Kocher said, "The U.S. Army will have the most advanced, mission-capable heavy lift helicopter in the world. The CH-47F will provide crews with configurable flight displays for more efficient mission performance and a communications suite for greater situational awareness.
"The digital automatic flight control system will provide an enhanced and safer low speed flight capability, and the airframe enhancements will yield a safer and more reliable combat system."
The same cockpit system installed on the CH-47F and MH-47G Special Operations Chinooks will be used in the HH-47 proposed in the U.S. Air Force Combat Search and Rescue program and will include terrain following/terrain avoiding radar and an integrated forward looking infrared system for nap-of-the-earth and low-level flight operations in reduced visibility conditions.
JohnM From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 332 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4057 times:
The first F model flew years ago, it was hangared next to my ARNG unit, and was instrumented up for test flights. It seems the first delivery is about to happen. Good to see them hitting the line units. Great machine.