Lord Jim wrote:I thought the Chinook "Gunship", programme was deemed a failure?
A Chinook helicopter was forced to make an unplanned landing on Carmarthenshire farmland, Ministry of Defence officials have confirmed.
RAF Odiham is home to the UK Chinook Force and the Royal Air Force Chinook Display Team. During the coronavirus pandemic, the Hampshire base's helicopters have continued flying, maintaining their flying programme and stepping up to assist in the COVID-19 response. Last month, we went to Odiham to meet the personnel who keep the aircraft flying.
Trainee recruits from the Queen's Division in Catterick have received an unexpected lesson in Chinook helicopter deployment. The Infantry Training Centre often requests Chinooks for training, but the RAF is only able to supply them on rare occasions. The Chinooks flew the recruits to where they began the second tactical exercise of their 26-week course, spending four days out in the field.
Just over 40 years ago, the Royal Air Force took delivery of their first Chinook helicopter. They’ve featured in every major conflict since and proven to be versatile across the spectrum of operations, from deploying troops to rescuing civilians.
serge750 wrote:Good to see that many helicopters in one spot
Read More: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-o ... e-55590586An RAF Chinook has been stranded in an Oxfordshire field after making a precautionary landing because of mechanical issues.
The wheels of the helicopter, based at RAF Benson, sunk into the mud when it landed near Wantage on Tuesday.
In a post on Facebook , RAF Benson said engineers had fixed the mechanical issue but the "extremely soft ground" made recovery "very difficult".
It is hoped the helicopter can be lifted free from the mud on Saturday.
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