Friday, May 19, 2017

Boeing prepares for Chinook Block 2 flight trials, Block 3 in development!

via IHS Janes
Boeing expects to begin flying prototype Block 2-configured CH-47 Chinook helicopters the next couple of years, with production for the US Army set to follow after, a senior company official told reporters on 18 May.
Speaking at the Philadelphia production facility, Boeing's vice-president and programme manager for the CH/MH-47 Chuck Dabundo said that with flight trials of the Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade (ACRB) that will be included in the upgraded having recently been concluded, Boeing will outfit three US Army CH-47F helicopters to the wider Block 2 standard in 2019 ahead of planned production in the early 2020s.

"In November/December 2016 we started flying the ACRB for Block 2, and finished testing two weeks ago.
Evolution beats revolution every time.  Well done.

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