Fast Facts: MH-47 Chinook Helicopter

The MH-47 Chinook is a twin-turbine, tandem-rotor, heavy-lift transport helicopter modified to support special operations missions. The helicopter is primarily used to move troops and supplies on special operations missions.

The Army has operated a variety of CH-47 and MH-47 Chinook models since 1962.

Manufacturer: Boeing

Engine: Two Textron Lycoming T55-L712 engines

Performance at 50,000 pounds:

— Sea level cruise: Top speed 184 mph


— Cockpit-crew: 3

— Cabin-troop: 33


— Maximum gross: 50,000 pounds

— Empty: 23,401 pounds

Source: Boeing and U.S. Army