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Posted: 7/22/2010 4:46:47 PM EDT
News Release Issued: July 21, 2010 8:50 AM EDT

Boeing Celebrates Production of 100th CH-47F Chinook

RIDLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa., July 21, 2010 –– Boeing on July 22 will celebrate the
100th CH-47F Chinook helicopter built at the company's Ridley Township

"This is an incredible milestone," said Leanne Caret, Boeing vice president,
H-47 Programs. "More than 2000 Boeing employees work on the Chinook program,
and they all share in this exceptional accomplishment with the rest of the
company and our partners, suppliers, and customers. We are dedicated to
delivering aircraft with advanced capability and the utmost quality to meet
warfighters' urgent needs."

Following delivery to the U.S. Army in August, the 100th Chinook will be
fielded by the next unit equipped with the new aircraft.

Since completing the first production model CH-47F Chinook in August 2006,
Boeing has trained and equipped six U.S. Army units and is in the process of
equipping the seventh. Four units have completed deployments in Iraq and
Afghanistan, where the helicopter logged nearly 50,000 flight hours and
maintained an operational readiness rate of over 80 percent conducting air
assault, transport and support operations.

"The CH-47F is proving its exceptional capabilities every day in combat
operations," said Army Col. Bob Marion, Project Manager for Cargo
Helicopters. "The technological advantages and improvements in the CH-47F
are powerful combat multipliers that save soldiers' lives and support
overall contingency operations in theater. I am extremely proud of our Cargo

To further meet the needs of Chinook customers around the world, Boeing is
implementing a $130 million renovation that will enable the Ridley Township
factory to gradually increase production levels from the current four
aircraft per month to a new rate of six aircraft per month in 2012.

The CH-47F features a newly-designed, modernized airframe, Common Avionics
Architecture System (CAAS) cockpit, and Digital Automatic Flight Control
System (DAFCS). The CAAS greatly improves aircrew situational awareness and
DAFCS provides dramatically improved flight control capabilities through the
entire flight envelope, significantly improved performance and safety in the
harshest of environments.

CAAS also incorporates an advanced digital map display and a data transfer
system that allows storing of preflight and mission data. Improved
survivability features include the Common Missile Warning and Improved
Countermeasure Dispenser systems.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the
world's largest defense, space, and security businesses specializing in
innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions and the world's
largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered
in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business
with 68,000 employees worldwide.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 4:50:11 PM EDT
I used to work on CH-47D's in the Army...and the company I work for now is building CH-47F parts for Boeing.

We're doing a whole bunch of forward maintainence platforms these days...
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 4:52:06 PM EDT
100th? They were flying in the Vietnam War.

How could anyone make any money making 100 aircraft??
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 4:52:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PaintItBlack:

100th? They were flying in the Vietnam War.

How could anyone make any money making 100 aircraft??

100th of the 'F' model, I assume.

Link Posted: 7/22/2010 5:41:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2010 5:42:24 PM EDT by Merlin]
Originally Posted By PaintItBlack:
100th? They were flying in the Vietnam War.

How could anyone make any money making 100 aircraft??

Read the title (thread or article):  100th "F" model.

First flight of a CH-47:  Sept. 1961:  CH-47 page

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