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Boeing Chinook: Delivering the goods for 50 years

Production line near Philadelphia


To prepare for the future, Boeing is completing a $130 million renovation of its production line near Philadelphia that will help it meet global demand for the latest model, the CH-47F. Boeing is scheduled to deliver nearly 60 Chinooks this year.

The first Chinook was delivered to the U.S. Army on August 16, 1962. Today, 50 years and more than 1,200 Chinooks later, the dual-rotor, heavy-lift helicopter is used by 18 different customers and is the go to helicopter to conduct combat, cargo transport and humanitarian relief missions.

"The latest F-model has ushered in a new era of heavy-lift capability for the U.S. Army. With continued technology insertions, I fully expect that 50 years from now there will be a centennial celebration for Chinooks still in service," said Col. Bob Marion, U.S. Army Cargo Helicopter program manager.

The Chinook's unique design is accredited to one of the most famous names in aviation. Watch the video to learn more.