Boe­ing marks 50 years of de­liv­er­ing Chi­nook he­li­copters


As Boe­ing marks the 50th an­niver­sary of de­liv­er­ing the first H-47 Chi­nook mil­i­tary he­li­copter, the com­pany is near­ing com­ple­tion of a $130-mil­lion ren­o­va­tion of its pro­duc­tion line near Philadel­phia that will help it meet global de­mand for the lat­est model, the CH-47F.

“The Chi­nook has served as the back­bone of US Army avi­a­tion since the Viet­nam era, rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing how we move troops and sup­plies in com­bat, and save lives and de­liver aid in times of need,” said Colonel Bob Mar­ion, US Army Cargo He­li­copter pro­gramme man­ager. “The lat­est F-model has ush­ered in a new era of heavy-lift ca­pa­bil­ity for the US Army. With con­tin­ued tech­nol­ogy in­ser­tions, I fully ex­pect that 50 years from now there will be a cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion for Chi­nooks still in ser­vice.”

Boe­ing has de­liv­ered more than 1,200 Chi­nooks to 18 op­er­a­tors around the world since de­liv­er­ing the first to the US Army on Au­gust 16, 1962. More than 800 are in op­er­a­tion to­day, con­duct­ing com­bat, cargo trans­port and hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief mis­sions.

The pro­duc­tion line up­dates will en­able Boe­ing to continue to af­ford­ably in­crease Chi­nook pro­duc­tion rates. Boe­ing is sched­uled to de­liver nearly 60 Chi­nooks this year and has sub­mit­ted a multi-year, firm fixed-price pro­posal to the Depart­ment of De­fense to pro­vide 155 CH-47Fs to the US Army with de­liv­er­ies be­gin­ning in 2015.

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