Man, and I thought a Chinook carrying a Black Hawk was impressive! One of our readers didn’t though, and sent us this picture to say we’d undersold the Chinook’s pulling power.
Boy, has Boeing gotten a good return on CH-47 Chinook design. For half a century, these things have been getting the job done for the U.S. Army and over 20 militaries around the globe. This unique view of one of these amazing machines going about its business makes it all look so easy and simple.
Artist Sam L. Rolls made this brilliant homage to both the Royal Air Force and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The rendering depicts Royal Air Force Chinook, Tornado, Spitfire, and Typhoon combat aircraft charging across the water as if they were X-Wings from The Force Awakens.
Watch as the British pilot of this Chinook takes multiple hits, including a glancing shot to his own head, on a troop extraction run in Afghanistan. This is the definition of a hero.
Performance through lighter weight applies not only to sports cars but also to expeditionary warfare. Due to the massive use of titanium, this M777 howitzer is now half the weight of its predecessor.
Marine Col. Doug Hurley piloted the Endeavour space shuttle, flew a Chinook helicopter to the Dickies 500, and then drove out of the back in a Chevy Camaro Pace Car. It was the most interesting thing to happen all day.