Boeing completes first flight of CH-47 Chinook helicopter for Royal Air Force

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.

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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.

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The March 15 flight, held at the Boeing helicopter facility near Philadelphia, confirmed initial airworthiness for the Mk6 Chinook ahead of schedule.

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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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