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Boeing Chinook HC1 – Bravo November, 18 Sqn RAF, Falklands 1982

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Forces of Valour 1/72 scale UN821004C: Boeing-Vertol HC.1 Chinook Heavy Lift Helicopter Bravo November of 18 Sqn RAF, Falklands 1982. It was fortunately airborne when the Atlantic Conveyer cargo ship she was embarked on was hit and destroyed by Exocet missiles. The Chinook subsequently performed sterling service during the war; on one occasion transporting 80 paratroops into battle.  The aircraft has ow been retired and preserved at RAF Cosford museum as a modern day icon of British aviation history. With opening rear door, undercarriage and contra rotating rotors. The quality and intricate attention to mdetail of this model is superb and a complete contrast to earlier FOV models.

Length 16.5 inches Rotorspan 10 inches

PLEASE NOTE: Some assembly of small aerial parts is required. This is a fairly intricate task, so please only purchase if you think you are capable.

It is difficult to describe just how significant an aircraft Boeing Chinook ZA718 ‘Bravo November’ actually is within the annals of British Military history and how it overcame incredible adversity to ensure it was able to continue doing its vital duty. Part of an initial order for 33 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters placed by Britain in 1978, ZA718 joined a re-formed RAF No.18 Squadron at Odiham in late 1980, with British Chinooks taking the designation HC.1 (Heavy Cargo Mk.1). Almost before the aircraft had the chance to settle into RAF service, a dramatic development on the other side of the world would see ZA718, now coded ‘BN’ and referred to phonetically as ‘Bravo November’, sent as part of a small detachment of Chinooks to help a British naval Task Force re-take the Falkland Islands from Argentinean occupation.

Travelling aboard the requisitioned container ship Atlantic Conveyor, ‘Bravo November’ was one of five RAF Chinooks stored on the deck of the ship as it steamed towards the South Atlantic, protected against the elements by wrapping them in Dri-Clad covers and corrosion inhibitors. The Atlantic Conveyor would also be used to transport 6 Wessex helicopters, several Scout light helicopters, 8 Sea Harrier FRS.1s and 6 RAF Harrier GR.3s, in addition to assorted supplies of war and various types of ammunition.

As the ship approached the Falkland Islands and disembarked its complement of RAF and Fleet Air Arm Harriers, ‘Bravo November’ and one other Chinook had their protective coverings removed, rotor blades reattached and prepared to make a first post voyage test flight. In advance of the anticipated hectic schedule of supply transportation, Bravo November used her test flight on 25th May 1982 to pick up a load of cargo from HMS Glasgow, but whilst she was in the air, the Atlantic Conveyor was struck by two Exocet missiles fired from Argentinean Navy Super Etendard jets. Despite the heroic efforts of the crew, fire eventually engulfed the vessel and hastened the order to abandon ship, leaving the fire to destroy all the ships vital cargo, including all the remaining helicopters on her deck, including the other four Chinooks.

Aware of this tragic development and the fact that they were now the only British heavy lift helicopter available to the Task Force, the crew of ‘Bravo November’ landed their aircraft aboard HMS Hermes, knowing that she now had an incredibly heavy burden of work placed on her shoulders. What makes this story all the more incredible is that all of the aircraft’s support equipment, was lost with the destruction of Atlantic Conveyor and during the several weeks of critical activity to come, the aircraft’s crew would have to operate her without the benefit of spare parts, technical manuals, specialist lubricants and dedicated toolsets. It is also important to remember that at that time, the Chinook had only been in Royal Air Force service for a few short months.

Performing heroically throughout her time in the South Atlantic, ‘Bravo November’ would also earn her pilot Squadron Leader Richard Langworthy a DFC for actions whilst flying the Chinook during a heavy snowstorm. Travelling at speed, the pilot attempted to fly under the storm, however, a faulty altimeter caused the aircraft to strike the sea, but thankfully, at a slight nose up attitude. With sea spray entering the engines, the pilot as able to coax the Chinook back into the air once he had received a damage report, returning to its temporary base, where a full damage assessment could be undertaken. Around this time, ‘Bravo November’ was to receive its nickname ‘The Survivor’, a mark of respect and term of endearment for a hard working helicopter which was making such a valuable contribution to the war effort in the South Atlantic. Incredibly, by the end of her lengthy service career, three other airmen would be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross whilst flying her in various combat zones around the world.

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. With a top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) it is faster than contemporary utility and attack helicopters of the 1960s. The CH-47 is one of the few aircraft of that era that is still in production and front line service, with over 1,179 built to date. Its primary roles include troop movement, artillery emplacement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo hooks.

The Chinook was designed and initially produced by Boeing Vertol in the early 1960s. The helicopter is now produced by Boeing Rotorcraft Systems. Chinooks have been sold to 16 nations with the US Army and the Royal Air Force (see Boeing Chinook (UK variants)) being the largest users. The CH-47 is among the heaviest lifting Western helicopters.

Improved and more powerful versions of the CH-47 have been developed since the helicopter entered service. The US Army’s first major design leap was the now-common CH-47D, which entered service in 1982. Improvements from the CH-47C included upgraded engines, composite rotor blades, a redesigned cockpit to reduce pilot workload, improved and redundant electrical systems, an advanced flight control system and improved avionics. The latest mainstream generation is the CH-47F, which features several major upgrades to reduce maintenance, digitized flight controls, and is powered by two 4,733-horsepower Honeywell engines.

A commercial model of the Chinook, the Boeing-Vertol Model 234, is used worldwide for logging, construction, fighting forest fires, and supporting petroleum extraction operations. On 15 December 2006, the Columbia Helicopters company of the Salem, Oregon, metropolitan area, purchased the Type Certificate of the Model 234 from Boeing. The Chinook has also been licensed to be built by companies outside of the United States, such as Elicotteri Meridionali (now AgustaWestland) in Italy, Kawasaki in Japan.

The Chinook was used both by Argentina and the United Kingdom during the Falklands War in 1982. The Argentine Air Force and the Argentine Army each deployed two CH-47C helicopters, which were widely used in general transport duties. Of the Army’s aircraft, one was destroyed on the ground by a Harrier while the other was captured by the British and reused after the war. Both Argentine Air Force helicopters returned to Argentina and remained in service until 2002.

Approximately 163 CH-47Ds served in Kuwait and Iraq during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990–91.

The CH-47D has seen wide use in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. The Chinook is being used in air assault missions, inserting troops into fire bases and later bringing food, water, and ammunition. It is also the casualty evacuation (casevac) aircraft of choice in the British Armed Forces. In today’s usage it is typically escorted by attack helicopters such as the AH-64 Apache for protection. Its tandem rotor design and lift capacity have been found to be particularly useful in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan where high altitudes and temperatures limit the use of the UH-60 Black Hawk. The CH-47F is being fielded by more units such as the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade and 4th Combat Aviation Brigade in the U.S. Army as it continues to operate in Afghanistan.

The Chinooks of several nations have participated in the Afghanistan War, including aircraft from Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Canada, and Australia. Despite the age of the Chinook, it is still in heavy demand, in part due its proven versatility and ability to operate in demanding environments such as Afghanistan.

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Weight 1.6 kg