CHINOO HC4 The RAF Chinook Display Team, based at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, aims to demonstrate the RAF Chinook’s capabilities to you at this year’s Eastbourne Air Show. As well as part of the 2017 RAF Chinook Display Team, the crew are also part of a fully operational Squadron, where they combine their daily training demands with practising their display sequence. For 2017, the Display pilot is Flight Lieutenant Andy Smith with Flight Lieutenant Ed Peverell and Flight Lieutenant Ryan Stowe as co-pilots. The RAF operates the largest fleet of Ch-47 Chinook Support helicopters after the US Army, with approximately 60 aircraft. Due to its versatility, durability and presence the Chinook remains the helicopter of choice for UK forces operating worldwide and is continually being modified and upgraded to keep it at the forward edge of the battlefield. It can be operated in many diverse environments ranging from cold weather ‘arctic’ conditions to desert warfare operations. The Chinook is used primarily for trooping and for carrying internal and/or underslung loads and can carry up to 55 troops or 10 tonnes of freight. Secondary roles include search and rescue and casualty evacuation. 22 EASTBOURNE INTERNATIONAL aIR S HOW 2017
K airbourneeastbourne eb_airshow FLYING TIMES Sat 12:39 DIMENSIONS Length: 30.18m Rotor Disc: 18.29m PERFORMANCE Max Speed: 184mph POWERPLANT 2 x Textron Lycoming T55-L712F turboshafts DID YOU KNOW? The Chinook is the only helicopter in the fleet to boast a fully armoured cabin for its occupants and can be armed with two M134 six-barrelled Miniguns, one in each front side window, and an M60D machine gun on the ramp. WWW.EASTBOURNEAIRSHOW.COM 23
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