The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its primary roles are troop movement, artillery placement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo hooks. With a top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) the helicopter is faster than contemporary utility and attack helicopters of the 1960s. The CH-47 is among the heaviest lifting Western helicopters. Its name is from the Native American Chinook people.
The Chinook was designed and initially produced by Boeing Vertol in the early 1960s; it is now produced by Boeing Rotorcraft Systems. It is one of the few aircraft of that era – along with the fixed-wing Lockheed C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft – that remain in production and front-line service, with over 1,179 built to date. The helicopter has been sold to 16 nations with the U.S. Army and the Royal Air Force its largest users. The U.S. Army plans to operate the CH-47 Chinook until 2038.
I photographed this one at Dunsfold in the UK last August and processed the image in Lightroom and Photoshop CC

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Photography has been an obsession since I was 13 years old and went off to Italy clutching my mother’s 1940s roll film camera. I’ve been fooling with computers since I bought an Amiga 1000 back in 1985. My first chunky pixelized images were digitized into that machine using a black and white CCTV camera. At last, with today’s software and hardware I feel that I can create the images I see in my mind’s eye. Visit my website at

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  • JRGarland
    JRGarland9 months ago

    Incredible shot, Chris!!

  • These aviation shots are always such fun when I get around to them. Very pleased that you liked it JR, thank you, cheers

    – Chris Lord

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyer9 months ago

    Good one Chris. – Ted

  • Thank you Ted, I appreciate that.

    – Chris Lord

  • Yampimon
    Yampimon9 months ago

    Cracking image Chris, I was at the coast last year when two of these flew by at a very low altitude, what a noise! they nearly shook the ice cream right out of my cornet

  • As I am well reminded below by Colin Williams (who I was with when I shot this) this one blew my hat off and I had to chase it! Not as noisy as the jets but yes, these thing don’t half make a racket! Thanks for the compliment Yampimon, much appreciated.

    – Chris Lord

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangert9 months ago

    This is awesome Chris, superb work.

  • Thanks Nigel, good to hear from you, glad you liked it, cheers

    – Chris Lord

  • jessiejoe
    jessiejoe9 months ago

    congratulations great work

  • Proud to hear the news Jessie. Thank you so much, I’m walking on air! Cheers

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  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...9 months ago

    Bloody Brilliant Chris Soo Envious Ha Ha !!

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    Colin J Willia...9 months ago

    So Good it Will Blow Your Hat Off !!

  • Haha, I’m never going to forget that again! Thanks very much for the compliments and especially for the feature above. Honored and grateful, cheers

    – Chris Lord

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    Vitta9 months ago

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  • Paul Hickson
    Paul Hickson9 months ago

    Wow!! fantastic image Chris!! I cant stop looking at it!!

  • High praise indeed Paul, thank you so much for that, much appreciated, cheers

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