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First flight of newest UK Boeing Chinook helicopter completed

Boeing has recently completed the first flight of the newest version of the CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter for the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force.

The flight, last month, at the Boeing helicopter facility near Philadelphia, happened ahead of schedule and confirmed initial airworthiness for the latest Mk6 Chinook.

New Mk 6 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.”

First flight of newest UK Boeing Chinook Mk6 helicopter completed

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.

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