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A Chinook over Canberra!

By johnboy 29 May 2012 20

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As spied from The Eagle’s Nest this magnificent beast monstering the sky over Canberra.

All plane spotters will know it can only be a CH-47 Chinook.

For some idea of what these beasts can do you can’t go past the legendary Bravo November.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in real life before.

UPDATE 29/05/12 13:27:

And here’s another one from a later pass:

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UPDATE 29/05/12 13:51: And thanks to Rebecca for sending in this shot of the beast landed at ADFA.

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If you’ve got any pictures send it in to images@the-riotact.com .

UPDATE 29/05/12 14:49: And now this by Ozi with a big shooter closer to the action:

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p1 10:37 am 30 May 12

Deref said :

Thumper said :

Indeed, he sometimes described the old RAAF as a drinking club who flew aircraft and as such, the best job in the world.

😀 I’ve wasted my life!

The best thing about the RAAF is that crew safety rules require them all to get eight hours of sleep every day. Any sleep they get at night is a bonus.

Deref 8:52 am 30 May 12

Thumper said :

Indeed, he sometimes described the old RAAF as a drinking club who flew aircraft and as such, the best job in the world.

😀 I’ve wasted my life!

Thumper 8:22 am 30 May 12

Disinformation said :

The rotors are geared together so they don’t have an issue of one “stopping”. If they get out of whack, bad things happen. Generally spontaneous self disassembly. One of the Orion pilots I worked with was Jack Frost. He was an ex chook pilot and told me some stories about things that they did with them.
In the flight manual, there is a stated maximum descent rate into water. They figured that they’d try it out and so plonked one down into one of the big dams in Qld. Apparently enough of a wave came up that one of the engines copped a big gulp of water. Enough to make the flames go out.

Jack said that there was some anxious time while they got it going again. Apparently they float reasonably well and you can motor around on the water as long as the fans are going.
There was a story that Boeing told the USMC that Chinooks would float upright on with the engines shut down. So the Marines tried it.
Apparently, Boeing neglected to mention one small fact. They do float for a while, but largely upside down.

In the days when the RAAF had the Chinooks, the maintenance guys would have a squadron function down by one of the local lakes and at one time a Chinook came to give rides.
Supposedly one of the pilots knew of an interesting feature where if you are on the water and open the back ramp, you can push the controls forward and sink the back below the surface.
If you then close the ramp and apply power, you can then carry an amount of water into the sky with you. If you maintain the right attitude, you can then release that water rapidly by opening the ramp again. Of course, nobody would do that sort of thing over the groundies BBQ.

In fact, these stories are obviously made up because nobody would dare do that kind of thing with military aircraft in this day and age.

No Chinook pilot would ever land one in a field next to his parents place in Kingaroy so that his crew could have lunch with them.

And anyone who was in the military at least twenty seven years ago would attest to that. 🙂

My dad, nearly four decades RAAF, mostly aircrew, has regaled me with many such tales.

Indeed, he sometimes described the old RAAF as a drinking club who flew aircraft and as such, the best job in the world.

troutfisher 12:32 am 30 May 12

I’m sure if this thread goes long enough, dvaey will have it belonging to the AFP and whinging about how low the coppers were flying over Mt Taylor…… oh hang on he already did that in the other thread.

Disinformation 11:25 pm 29 May 12

The rotors are geared together so they don’t have an issue of one “stopping”. If they get out of whack, bad things happen. Generally spontaneous self disassembly. One of the Orion pilots I worked with was Jack Frost. He was an ex chook pilot and told me some stories about things that they did with them.
In the flight manual, there is a stated maximum descent rate into water. They figured that they’d try it out and so plonked one down into one of the big dams in Qld. Apparently enough of a wave came up that one of the engines copped a big gulp of water. Enough to make the flames go out.

Jack said that there was some anxious time while they got it going again. Apparently they float reasonably well and you can motor around on the water as long as the fans are going.
There was a story that Boeing told the USMC that Chinooks would float upright on with the engines shut down. So the Marines tried it.
Apparently, Boeing neglected to mention one small fact. They do float for a while, but largely upside down.

In the days when the RAAF had the Chinooks, the maintenance guys would have a squadron function down by one of the local lakes and at one time a Chinook came to give rides.
Supposedly one of the pilots knew of an interesting feature where if you are on the water and open the back ramp, you can push the controls forward and sink the back below the surface.
If you then close the ramp and apply power, you can then carry an amount of water into the sky with you. If you maintain the right attitude, you can then release that water rapidly by opening the ramp again. Of course, nobody would do that sort of thing over the groundies BBQ.

In fact, these stories are obviously made up because nobody would dare do that kind of thing with military aircraft in this day and age.

No Chinook pilot would ever land one in a field next to his parents place in Kingaroy so that his crew could have lunch with them.

And anyone who was in the military at least twenty seven years ago would attest to that. 🙂

Deref 7:29 pm 29 May 12

Caught it out of the corner of my eye after it had gone over. I didn’t bother to look earlier because I figured it was the police chopper that people have been commenting about. I was cheesed off when I realised what I’d missed.

gazket 6:07 pm 29 May 12

The Chinooks were the only thing Julia Gillard could use to pick up her dirty laundry bag weighing down the Labour party

screaming banshee 5:44 pm 29 May 12

eily said :

I can remember a RAAF Fairbairn open day in the seventies watching two Chinooks do a ‘courtship’ dance; which ended with the ‘female’ delivering.

I saw it at Amberley in the 80’s….pretty funny, i wonder what happened to the baby.

Thumper 3:15 pm 29 May 12

LSWCHP said :

I had a number of rides in one of these guys when I was in a different line of work. Awesome stuff…like being inside a washing machine on the “agitate” cycle while sitting in front of the speakers at a Rammstein gig that’s being held at a petrol refinery.

There’s not too many things I remember vividly from 30 years ago like they were yesterday, but my Chinook flights are right up there.

Long time since I’ve seen a Chinook, and yes, you are correct about their comfort factor.

Which is about as near to zero as is possible.

LSWCHP 2:27 pm 29 May 12

I had a number of rides in one of these guys when I was in a different line of work. Awesome stuff…like being inside a washing machine on the “agitate” cycle while sitting in front of the speakers at a Rammstein gig that’s being held at a petrol refinery.

There’s not too many things I remember vividly from 30 years ago like they were yesterday, but my Chinook flights are right up there.

Truthiness 2:14 pm 29 May 12

Why are pictures like this always so blurry? Can’t you chinook wackos take a decent photo? That top picture is clearly swamp gas, and the bottom picture is an obvious photoshop. Jeez, wake up to yourselves chinookitards, a device like that wouldn’t even be able to fly, and if it could, don’t you think we’d all be using them? Why would the government want to keep technology like that to itself?

This site just gets crazier every day.

G-Fresh 1:52 pm 29 May 12

They’re doing joy rides at ADFA.

And no I am not in the wrong thread.

p1 1:52 pm 29 May 12

Anyone know what it is doing here?

Any truth to the recently started rumour that it is the AFP looking for druggos?

EvanJames 1:40 pm 29 May 12

Hanging around over us at present, I figured it was a Chinook although haven’t seen one here in years. There used to be a few on a regular basis. Massive thing.

shauno 1:22 pm 29 May 12

Snarky said :

…and just flew over Rivett / Weston Creek.

What a glorious, ungainly water buffalo of a thing that is! It’s clear from looking at it, with a great fat lump of a body, ludicrously short legs and weird offset rotors that it will never, ever fly, and yet…

They must be fiendishly difficult to pilot. Anyone know more about it? Is a 2 man job to keep it in the air? Does it have two motors or just one? What happens if one rotor stops – can you still land it, as I’m told you can do with a single-rotor chopper?

Actually there easier because they have counter rotating rotors so no need for tail rotor pedals

fnaah 1:20 pm 29 May 12

That magnificent beastie just flew over my head as I was coming back from Fyshwick to Majura Park. Luckily I was in the passenger seat, so I got to do some serious rubbernecking. Awesome piece of kit, that one.

Snarky 1:11 pm 29 May 12

…and just flew over Rivett / Weston Creek.

What a glorious, ungainly water buffalo of a thing that is! It’s clear from looking at it, with a great fat lump of a body, ludicrously short legs and weird offset rotors that it will never, ever fly, and yet…

They must be fiendishly difficult to pilot. Anyone know more about it? Is a 2 man job to keep it in the air? Does it have two motors or just one? What happens if one rotor stops – can you still land it, as I’m told you can do with a single-rotor chopper?

lizw 12:40 pm 29 May 12

Just seen from Palmerston. Looks like to was circling towards Belconnen.

eily 12:25 pm 29 May 12

I can remember a RAAF Fairbairn open day in the seventies watching two Chinooks do a ‘courtship’ dance; which ended with the ‘female’ delivering.

p1 12:21 pm 29 May 12

Got a great view of it going over Woden not long ago. Sadly no photo.

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