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Were Chinooks used in Vietnam?

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Asked by: Sandheep Kemerly

Perhaps the most cost effective use of the Chinook was the recovery of other downed aircraft. At the Vietnam war’s peak the US Army had 21 Chinook companies in Vietnam.

What helicopters was used in the Vietnam War?

Nicknamed the “Huey” after the phonetic sound of its original designation, HU-1, the UH-1 “Iroquois” helicopter was the work horse of the Army during the Vietnam War.

What is a Chinook Vietnam?

The CH-47D Chinook is the U.S. Army’s primary heavy troop and supply transport aircraft. Originally fielded in the Vietnam War, the CH-47 has undergone a series up upgrades to increase lift and airworthiness in combat environments.

Was the CH-47 used in Vietnam?

Originally fielded in the Vietnam War, the CH-47 has undergone a series of upgrades to increase lift and airworthiness in combat environments. Designed to carry about 36 passengers, one Chinook is reported to have carried 147 refugees in a single lift in the waning days of the Vietnam War.

What countries use the Chinook?

H-47 Chinook Customers

  • Australia.
  • Canada.
  • Greece.
  • Italy.
  • Japan.
  • Netherlands.
  • South Korea.
  • Spain.

Was the Blackhawk used in Vietnam?

Even some drones, like the DASH, were in play for the United States Navy. The American Bell UH-1 Huey is the most famous of the Vietnam helicopter types and proved a workhorse for air cavalry units throughout the war.

What was the deadliest job in Vietnam?

Overall, the U.S. military used nearly 12,000 helicopters in Vietnam, of which more than 5,000 were destroyed. To be a helicopter pilot or crew member was among the most dangerous jobs in the war.

How do Chinook blades not hit each other?

The two rotors are linked by a transmission that ensures the rotors are synchronized and do not hit each other, even during an engine failure. Tandem rotor designs achieve yaw by applying opposite left and right cyclic to each rotor, effectively pulling both ends of the helicopter in opposite directions.

Can a Chinook fly on one rotor?

Tandem-rotor helicopters, such as the Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight and CH-47 Chinook, are helicopters with rotors distant by more than 10 m. It seems unlikely a single rotor could sustain the force moment created by the failure of the other rotor.

Why is the Chinook the fastest helicopter?

It is one of the fastest helicopter in the US fleet with a top speed of 196 mph and was first fielded in 2007. The high-capacity 3,194l fuel tank allows the Chinook to fly twice the distance of regular helicopters with an operational radius of 370.4km.

Why is a Chinook flying over my house?

The Number 1 Reason: Training
Most of the time, they are used for training purposes. If you live near a military installation, there is a high chance the military helicopters, planes, and jets fly over and past your house during training operations.

Can Chinook lift a tank?

Chinook is a heavy lift, tandem rotor helicopter which serves armed forces of 19 countries. It is a multi-role platform and is used for the transport of troops and material among other roles.

Can civilians buy a Chinook helicopter?

With all the incredible upgrades on the new Chinook model, can anyone buy a CH-47F? Unfortunately, probably not, with sales limited to the U.S. Military and approved allies.

When was the last Chinook built?


The CH-47D also has advanced avionics, such as the Global Positioning System. Nearly all US Army CH-47D were conversions from previous A, B, and C models, a total of 472 being converted. The last U.S. Army CH-47D built was delivered to the U.S. Army Reserve, located at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2002.

What is the pole on the front of a Chinook?

The grounding rod is used to dissipate the build up of static electricity on the helicopter so the soldiers who attach the loading slings won’t be shocked. The soldiers are from A Company Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment Task Force 47 and the Chinook is attached to the 501st Aviation Battalion.