Boeing Vertol CH-47D visits SPI
This fine whirleybird and intrepid crew visited Springfield, Illinois June 18 and permitted me to walk out and take pictures during flight prep and departure.
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A crew member approaches what the pilot believes is the last CH-47D Chinook that rolled off the Vertol assembly line.
Note the drooping blades. With no power engaged aboard, this is their natural appearance.
The pilot also believes this is the only 47D in the US Army that displays nose art,
The the young woman is dressed differently, the pose is reminiscent of the B-17F “Memphis Belle” which is said to be the first US heavy bomber in the USAAC to complete 25 missions against enemy targets.
The data block confirms funds for this bird were appropriated for fiscal year 1993.
Not exactly a “cover girl” complexion, but paint contributes nothing to the flight characteristics of a CH-47
from the right three-qarter side
and from the left. The crew were aboard and preparing to boogie bye-bye, so I snapped a few quickies before backing away a mite.
310 degrees was the taxiway and runway heading, but this crew, Arizona-bound (another seven air hours, the pilot said) lifted off vertically and turned straight to his destination heading (about 220) before accelerating and heading skyward.
Thankyou, Army gentlemen for the friendly visit and photo opportunity! 🙂
Chinook taxis to the active taxiway that parallels Runway 31 and a northwest heading of 310 degrees.
That’s the proud silver dome of the Illinois State Capitol building in te distance.