Royal Air Force Chinook
The huge twin-rotor Boeing Chinook first flew in prototype form way back in 1961, but modernised versions are still being produced - there is little else that quite matches up! The RAF is the type's biggest operator outside the US Army, its fleet comprising a mixture of variants - the HC2, HC2A and HC3 models are undergoing an upgrade programme which will see them becoming the HC4, HC4A and HC5 respectively, joined by new-build HC6 versions. The Chinooks make for a potent heavy-lift helicopter force, able to transport up to 10 tonnes of freight - internally or underslung from hooks - or 55 troops. They have been worked particularly hard in Afghanistan, providing outstanding support to British and other coalition troops on the ground. No 18 Squadron at RAF Odiham provides the Chinook display for 2014, a performance that must be seen to be believed!