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THE GULF WAR: The Battle Front : Chinook CH-47

The giant transport helicopter played a key role in Sunday’s air assault into Iraq, the largest helicopter-led operation in military history. Chinooks ferried ammunition, aviation fuel, field artillery and even trucks to newly established allied fueling stations in Iraq. Chinooks have also been used to transport Iraqi POWs from the front to rear holding areas. Crew: 2 pilots, 1 crew chief Length: 51 feet Payload: 15,873 pounds or 33 troops Maximum speed: 188 m.p.h. Range: 300 nautical miles Endurance: 2.2 hours


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