CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — The 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade activated its newest helicopter model, the CH-47F Chinook, at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, last month.
“The new F model brings an unparalleled capability to the peninsula in support of our Allied warfighting team,” said Lt. Col. Kenneth C. Cole, commander, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion).
The CH-47 Chinook is a twin-turbine engine, medium-lift helicopter capable of carrying various types of cargo, troops and weapons. While the Chinook has been in service since 1962, the latest 12F model features alterations to the airframe structure to reduce the effects of vibration, as well as other structural enhancements to the cockpit, cabin, aft section, pylon and ramp, according to a 2nd Infantry Division statement.
The strong point of the latest Chinook model was the fact it is a completely redesigned and brand new Chinook helicopter, said Capt. Noah McQueen, Company B commander. The highly improved cockpit allows the helicopter to operate in full meteorological conditions through day, night, night-vision goggle and even brownout conditions.
“Many of the systems on the aircraft were modeled from its brother special operations variant—everything about these machines are designed to get our combat forces to their targets, in the manner and on the time they want to get there,” Cole said.