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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA34204: Boeing Chinook HC.Mk 1 of 18 Sqn RAF, Gulf War, 1991. Limited Edition of 3600 Pieces.
Length 16.5 inches Rotor Span 10 inches
During the 1991 Gulf War with Iraq, the Chinooks were responsible for transporting army personnel and equipment prior to, and during, the land war. With the start of the land battle, Chinooks ferried three thousand five hundred POWs to rear camps, eighty five at a time. Chinook Squadron Middle East flew one thousand hours and lifted over a million kilograms of freight in the first seven weeks of operations -84 of the total carried by all UK support helicopters, including RN Sea Kings. ZD982 was one of the task force and was delivered to the RAF in 1985, initially serving with 240 OCU at Odiham, Hants,, before being transferred to No. 18 Squadron prior to the Gulf War. Following its return to the UK, it was returned to Boeing’s Philadelphia plant for upgrade conversion to CH-47D/HC.Mk.2 standard and continues to serve with No. 18 Squadron at RAF Odiham, Hants.
Designed as a turbine-powered replacement for the CH-37 Mojave, the CH-47 was first flown on September 21st, 1961. This iconic helicopter has had a long service history, seeing action in many different wars, from Vietnam to Afghanistan. The Chinook is the U.S. Army’s heaviest-lifting helicopter, primarily serving as a troop transporter, with secondary roles including artillery emplacement and battlefield resupply. It has a crew of three and can move 55 combat-ready troops. Its wide-loading ramp can be opened in-flight for paratroopers, and three cargo hooks can extend through a floor hatch, which allows the Chinook to be used as a flying crane.