The flight, last month, at the Boeing helicopter facility near Philadelphia, happened ahead of schedule and confirmed initial airworthiness for the latest Mk6 Chinook.
“This is a truly impressive achievement for both Boeing and the project team,” said Capt. David Childs, Chinook Team Leader, UK Defence Equipment & Support.
“To see the first aircraft fly less than 20 months after contract signature is a source of great pride for all those involved in this key project.”
The Mk6 Chinook helicopter features advanced technology including UK-specific avionics, a forward-looking infrared system, and interoperable communication and navigation equipment.
This particular helicopter is undergoing comprehensive testing in Mesa, Arizona, before delivery to the UK later this year.