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L. Emmett Lewis Jr. ©Stars and StripesMannheim, West Germany, August, 1988: Shrink-wrapped, stateside-bound CH-47 Chinook helicopters, loaded on a Rhine River barge by Company B, 70th Transportation Battalion from Coleman Barracks, start their journey to the port of Rotterdam. In a yearlong mission, C-model Chinooks were being replaced by upgraded D-models, a process that cost $5 million per aircraft compared to $14 million for a new one.

RELATED MATERIAL: Stars and Stripes' 1988 story about the shipment of the CH-47s.

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