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The Boeing-Vertol CH-47 Chinook is a tandem rotor twin engine heavy lift military helicopter. The Chinook helicopter was designed by Boeing Vertol in the early 1960s but is now produced by Boeing Integrated defence Systems. Over 16 countries use the Chinook for their armed forces. The US Army and Royal Air Force use the Chinook extensively and it is the heaviest llifting helicopter in their service. The Chinook has been used in many conflicts including the Vietnam War, The Falklands Conflict, Iran - Iraq war and in recent times the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. The Chinook primary roles are in troop movement and battlefield re supply. In the 1960s the Chinook with its speed of 196 MPH was faster than the attack helicopters of the day, and is still in production with nearly 2000 helicopters being built.


Latest Chinook Artwork Releases !
 Afghanistan.  U.S Rangers rappelling from a 160th SOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment) 'Nightstalkers' MH-47G Chinook into a Afghan village street.

Night Soldiers by David Pentland.
 The Royal Air Force is currently the largest operator of the Boeing Chinook after the United States, this ubiquitous helicopter now equipping  No.s 7, 18 and 27 Sqn based at RAF Odiham.  Deployed in Afghanistan, the flight and ground crew operate jointly as the Expeditionary Chinook Engineering Squadron (ExCES), No.1310 Flight.  Here, a Chinook is depicted ferrying an underslung re-supply load out of Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

A Vital Role by Ivan Berryman.
 A Chinook performs an MERT pick up with the force protection of two Army Air Corps Apache helicopters.

MERT, Sangin Valley, Helmand Province, Afghanistan by Graeme Lothian.
 Apaches protecting a Chinook over Sangin Valley, Afghanistan.

Apaches and Chinook, Afghanistan by Graeme Lothian.

Chinook Artwork Collection

A Vital Role by Ivan Berryman.

The Winged Dagger by Simon Smith.

Chinook over the Sperrins by David Pentland.

19th Regiment Artillery (The Highland Gunners) by David Rowlands.

Gun Lift at Mrkonjic Grad by David Rowlands.

The Kacanick Defile by David Rowlands.

Operation Barras, 10th September 2000 by David Rowlands.

Chinooks Approaching the Al Faw Peninsula, Iraq by David Rowlands.

Teamwork by Stuart Brown.

Outbound by Ivan Berryman.

MERT Pick-Up by Graeme Lothian.

MERT Arriving at Camp Bastion by Graeme Lothian.

Operation Moshtarak by Graeme Lothian.

Moshtarak Dawn by Graeme Lothian.

Dust Off by Robert Tomlin.

MERT, Sangin Valley, Helmand Province, Afghanistan by Graeme Lothian.

Apaches and Chinook, Afghanistan by Graeme Lothian.

En Route to Sangin Valley by Graeme Lothian.

Night Soldiers by David Pentland.

Dawn Casevac, 16 Close Support Medical Regiment - Iraq 2003 by Ivan Berryman.

By Day, By Night by Michael Rondot.

Mobility Troop Re-Supply by Stuart Brown.

Squadrons for : Chinook
A list of all squadrons from known to have used this aircraft. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.

No.7 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 1st May 1914

Per diem per noctem - By day and by night

Click the name above to see prints featuring aircraft of No.7 Sqn RAF

No.7 Sqn RAF

No.7 Squadron was formed 1st May 1914 at Farnborough as a Scout squadron, and went to France April 1915, equipped with the Vickers Gunbus. No.7 squadron saw service through the war with BE2c, RE5 and RE8 aircraft. The squadron pioneered the use of R/T (instead of normal W/T), using it operationally for the first time in October 1918. Disbanded at Farnborough on 31st December 1919 it reformed at Bircham Newton on 1st June 1923 equipped with Vickers Vimy bombers. These were replaced by the Vickers Virginia after moving to Worthy Down in April 1927. Between the wars No.7 squadron was equipped with various aircraft including the Handley Page Heyfords, Vickers Wellesleys and Armstrong Whitworth Whitleys and became the leading bomber squadron, winning the Laurence Minot Memorial Bombing Trophy more than any other squadron. At the outbreak of World War II, the squadron was equipped with Handley Page Hampdens, until August 1940, when it equipped with the RAF's first four engined bomber, the Short Stirling Mk I - becoming the first RAF squadron to be equipped with four engined bombers. The first raid by No.7 was 10th February 1941 on Rotterdam. The squadron settled down to a night bombing role, adding mine laying to its duties in 1942. Later with four other squadrons, it formed the nucleus of the new Pathfinder Force, its task to find and accurately mark targets with flares. In May 1943, the Stirling (which was handicapped by a low operational ceiling - it had to fly through flak rather than over it) was gradually replaced by the Avro Lancaster, which No.7 used in Peenemunde in August. From June1944 and until the end of the war, the squadron also undertook a daylight operational role in support of land forces in France and the low countries, and against V-1 and V-2 sites. No.7 squadron flew to Singapore in January 1947, and converted to Avro Lincolns, seeing action against Communist terrorists in Malay, during 'Operation Firedog'. Returning to UK, having won the Laurence Minot Memorial Bombing Trophy outright for the eighth time it was disbanded 1st January 1956. Reforming in November of the same year with the Vickers Valiant 'V' bomber. Disbanded on 30th September 1962, it was reformed in May 1970 at RAF St. Mawgan on target provision duties. Equipped with the English Electric Canberra, the squadron provided targets for the Army and Navy anti aircraft guns. They also provided silent targets for radar station practice. On 12th December 1981 the squadron was again disbanded, reforming soon after as the second operational Boeing Vertol Chinook helicopter Squadron on 2nd September 1982.

Aviation History Timeline : 21st February
21February1930Heinrich Kroll, a WW1 Ace with 30.00 victories, died on this day
21February1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, (F.A.A.) Sub Lt.T. V. Worrall of 111 Squadron, was Killed.
21February1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O L. G. H. Kells of 29 Squadron, was Killed.
21February1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. S. Gilders of 72 Squadron, was Killed.
21February1941Former Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O M. K. Brown of 242 Squadron, was Killed.
21February1941Hauptmann Edmund Daser of 1./Kampfgeschwader 40 was awarded the Knight's Cross
21February1945 Harold Whitmore of 339th Fighter Group, 361st Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
21February1971James Knowles, a WW1 Ace with 5.00 victories, died on this day
21February1994General Johannes Steinhoff, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
21February1994Johannes Steinhoff, a WW2 Ace with 176.00 victories, died on this day
21February1994Knight's Cross recipient Johannes Steinhoff of 4./Jagdgeschwader 52 died on this day
21February1999Air Master Sergeant Eino Ilmari Juutilainen, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
21February1999Eino Juutilainen, a WW2 Ace with 94.17 victories, died on this day
21February2010Bob Doe, a WW2 Ace with 15.00 victories, died on this day
21February2010Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O R. F. T. Doe of 234 & 238 Squadrons, Passed away.
21February2010Wing Commander Bob Doe, DSO, DFC*, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day

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