RIDLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa., 18 April 2013. Boeing personnel have completed the first flight of the newest CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter for the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force.
The March 15 flight, held at the Boeing helicopter facility near Philadelphia, confirmed initial airworthiness for the Mk6 Chinook ahead of schedule.
The Mk6 Chinook features advanced technology, such as U.K.-specific avionics, a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) system, and interoperable communication and navigation equipment. It is undergoing comprehensive testing in Mesa, Ariz., before delivery to the U.K. later this year.
"This is a truly impressive achievement for both Boeing and the project team," says Capt. David Childs, Chinook Team Leader, U.K. Defence Equipment & Support. "To see the first aircraft fly less than 20 months after contract signature is a source of great pride for all those involved in this key project."
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