Boeing CH-47D Chinook (D-663) from the Royal Netherlands Air Force at the Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days 2019, Volkel (the Netherlands)
The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engined, tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter developed by American rotorcraft company Vertol and manufactured by Boeing Vertol (later known as Boeing Rotorcraft Systems). The CH-47 is among the heaviest lifting Western helicopters. Its name, Chinook, is from the Native American Chinook people of modern-day Washington state. The CH-47D shares the same airframe as earlier models, the main difference being the adoption of more powerful engines. The CH-47D also has advanced avionics, such as the Global Positioning System (GPS). The Dutch CH-47Ds feature a number of improvements over United States Army CH-47Ds, including a long nose for Bendix weather radar,
a "glass cockpit", and improved T55-L-714 engines.
Each year the Netherlands armed forces services organises open days on a rotational basis. Open days are intended to show how the Netherlands Defence organisation works for peace and security throughout the world. On these days everyone is welcome to have a look behind the scenes.
The 2019 Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days took place at Volkel Air Base, home to 312 and 313 F-16 Fighting Falcon squadrons.