A Boeing CH-47D helicopter cruises the Washington state wilderness.

             Boeing CH-47D helicopter 85-24352 poses for some PR (public relations) photos in the Washington wilderness. SPC Ernest Bryson was on-board 85-24352 in August 1986 when this picture was snapped from an accompanying BO-105 helicopter. The photograph was later used in many Boeing flyers and pamphlets touting the awesome capabilities of this fine flying machine. From August 1985 until March 1990, 85-24352 maintained a 94 percent operational readiness (OR) rate - unheard of at the time. 85-24352 participated in many exciting adventures, including search and rescue (SAR) missions on Mt. Rainier, deployment to Canada for international exercises, and fire suppression missions during the Great Western Fires of 1988 in Yellowstone National Forest.



             85-24352, Boeing build number M3122, was a CH-47D helicopter. The U.S. Army acceptance date was 19 June 1986. As of 19 November 1999, 85-24352 had accumulated 1,835.2 D model hours and 5,099.1 total aircraft hours.

   85-24352 was a conversion from the original C model Chinook 68-15843.

   On 9 July 1985, 85-24352 was inducted into the D model program [conversion completed on 8 May 1986] and initially assigned to the 243rd Assault Support Helicopter Company (ASHC) - "Freight Train", United States Army Reserve (USAR), located at Fort Lewis, Washington, on 3 July 1986.

   85-24352 was the second CH-47D helicopter to be assigned to the 243rd ASHC. 85-24351 was the first.

   On 15 September 1987, 85-24352 was assigned to C Company, 214th Aviation Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington.

   As of November 1999, 85-24352 was at Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD), Corpus Christi, Texas, for On Condition Maintenance (OCM).

   As of 1 November 1999, this aircraft was 30.7 years old.

   As of November 1999, the last known location of 85-24352 was at CCAD. Aircraft Status:

   Aircraft Status: Undergoing maintenance, but otherwise flyable.



          This aircraft was piloted by:


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          This aircraft was crewed by:


          SGT Lyn Austin, Flight Engineer, 1986


          SPC Ernest C. Bryson, Flight Engineer, August 1986 - March 1990


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          The CH-47 - 40 years old and still circling the world.


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