Boeing representatives tell ANN the first production CH-47F
Chinook helicopter successfully completed its first flight October
23 from its Rotorcraft Systems facility in Ridley Park, PA. Testers
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.
"The U.S. Army will have the most advanced, mission-capable
heavy lift helicopter in the world," said Boeing test pilot Erik
Kocher after the flight. "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
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 US 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.