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Special Operations unit on verge of fielding most advanced Chinook helicopter everThe 'Night Stalkers' helicopters include advanced flight controls, improved agility and a tougher airframe that is machined as one piece, rather built piece-by-piece from sheet metal. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...
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One of the most durable and versatile helicopters in the U.S. Army inventory! I saw it come into service in the 11th Air Assault Div (Test) in Feb '64, and prove itself in Vietnam with the 1st Air Cav, and became rated in models: A - D in Sep '71.
Is cost-effectiveness the reason for developing this new version of the Chinook, instead of using the V-22 Osprey for the same mission?