FORT BLISS, Texas — Spread across Biggs Army Airfield, and tucked in between the mountains surrounding it, were Blackhawks, Apaches — and yes, Chinook helicopters.
The Boeing CH-47 Chinook has been the US Army's main soldier and supply transport aircraft since it was first put into service in the early 1960s.
In 1982, the Army upgraded all of its Chinooks to the CH-47D versions, which, among many other improvements, received a much more powerful engine that can lift nearly 20,000 pounds.
I got a chance to see the CH-47D up-close during our recent trip to Fort Bliss.
Here's what I saw:
Here's a wide view of the Biggs Army Airfield, with Chinooks and Apaches in the background.
The CH-47D is a tandem rotor ...