One of the most eagerly anticipated and enjoyable flying displays at this summer's Air Tattoo will undoubtedly be that performed by an RAF Chinook, whose participation has just been confirmed by organisers.
The aircraft's tandem rotors give it extreme manoeuvrability and versatility resulting in a dynamic demo.
The RAF operates the largest fleet of Chinook Support Helicopters after the US Army, with a total of 34 HC.Mk.2s, 6 HC. Mk.2As and 8 HC.Mk.3s. The Chinook Wing forms the heavy-lift element of the Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) and is based at RAF Odiham in Hampshire. Odiham supports three operational squadrons, No 7 Squadron, No 18 Squadron and No 27 Squadron, and the Operational Conversion Flight where new pilots and rearcrew learn to operate the Chinook.
The aircraft 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.