Originally posted by Stormdancer777
Why were they being flown into a combat zone in a helicopter made in the 1960s?
didn't want to destroy a newer one?
Uhm, because they essentially weren't. I had to roll my eyes when I read this on another page, and I have to again now.
It was being flown by 160th SOAR, which means it was either an MH-47D/E/G or a CH-47F. Any of those versions is as different from the Vietnam era
CH-47s as a 1968 Mustang is different from a 2013 Mustang. The design is the same, but that doesn't make it a 1960s helicopter. The design works,
so they kept it, but it's been upgraded and improved light years beyond what they could imagine in the 1960s. The MH-47E was introduced in the
1990s, which means they were built in the 90s. They also upgraded a number of Ds.
The CH-47D was built starting in 1979. The last D was delivered to the Army Reserve in 2002. There were 12 new build MH-47Ds, 6 converted CH-47As,
and 6 converted Cs. Both the conversion packages put new engines, new avionics, a weather radar, new rotor blades, and other upgrades to the cargo
system, as well as an inflight refueling system. The D is capable of carrying 26,000 lbs of cargo, compared to the 10,000 lbs the A could carry.
The E first flew in 1991, and all 26 were assigned to 2-160th SOAR. The E models were converted from C models, and are similar to the D, with a
larger fuel capacity, and terrain following radar.
The CH-47F first flew in 2001, with the first production aircraft rolling off the line in 2006. It includes new engines, an upgraded airframe for
reduced maintenance, new avionics, and a faster top speed.
The G is currently being produced and delivered. As of 2003, 25 Es, and 11 Ds had received upgrades to the G standard. The G is similar to the E,
with a digital architecture, which means digital instruments in the cockpit, and some portions of the F.
The CH-47 has been a good helicopter for years, and will continue to be for a long time to come. It's what you use when you need to move a large
number of troops in a fairly short time. That way you get in and out fast, instead of having to fly in a larger number of Blackhawks, or smaller
helicopters, you fly in one Chinook. The F can carry as many as 55 troops in one haul, as opposed to 13 on a Blackhawk. The down side is that if
something like this happens, you lose more people in one blow.
Yes, they may have been on a converted A (I've never seen anything to say definitively what model they were on), but it's nothing like the Vietnam
era helicopters, and is for all intents and purposes a brand new helicopter.