Joined: May 08, 2005 Posts: 1078 Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 11:46 pm Post subject: Australian Chinooks Mark 10 Years of Service.
Commanding officer of the six D model Chinooks in Australian service, Lieutenant Colonel Brett Greenland, hosted a celebratory dinner at the 5th Aviation Regiment at RAAF base Garbutt near Townsville. The army is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Australia's largest helicopter, the D model Chinook, entering military service. Operated by the regiment's C Squadron, the aircraft are renowned worldwide for their reliable logistical support of land forces and carry far more than their Blackhawk cousins. The Chinook is expected to remain in service until at least 2030.
Joined: Aug 23, 2005 Posts: 266 Location: On a course.... golf course
Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2005 10:42 am Post subject:
Don't forget that the RAAF's 12 Sqn had them back in 1974. They were C models and did an excellent job for their type.
Cost and reliability forced them into retirement - they were more expensive to operate than the F111. The engineless hulks looked like a caravan park at Amberley for a while. Traded 12 of them for 6 D models.
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