85-24353, Boeing D model kit number M3123, was a CH-47D helicopter. The U.S. Army acceptance date was 25 June 1986. As of 24 November 1999, 85-24353 had accumulated 1,959.7 D model hours and 5,522.3 total aircraft hours.

   85-24353 was a conversion from the original A model Chinook 65-08018.

   On 16 July 1985, 85-24353 was inducted into the D model program, converted, and initially assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington.

   At some point, 85-24353 was assigned to C Company - "Flippers", 159th Aviation Regiment, 18th Aviation Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

   As of 21 March 2001, the 18th Aviation Brigade was located at Simmons Army Airfield, Fort Bragg, and was subordinate to the 18th Airborne Corps.

   The 18th Airborne Corps was subordinate to Forces Command (FORSCOM), which was a major command (MACOM) of 2nd Army.

   C Company was the former 196th Assault Support Helicopter Company (ASHC) - "Flippers".

   The 196th ASHC was redesignated A Company, 2nd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment in approximately 1988.

   In September 1996, 2nd Battalion was deactivated and the unit was redesignated A Company, 159th Aviation Regiment.

   In approximately November 1996, the unit was redesignated as C Company, 159th Aviation Regiment.

   As of 24 November 1999, this aircraft was 33.5 years old.

   As of 24 November 1999, the last known location of 85-24353 was at Fort Bragg.

   Aircraft status: Flyable.



Boeing CH-47D Chinook - 85-24353, the main cabin area.

             85-24353's main cabin area is shown. One can see how the litters could have been arranged in various combinations with the troop seats. When a Chinook crew is given a medical evacuation mission (MEDEVAC) or mass casualty mission, up to 24 litters can be installed to transport the sick and injured from the battlefield or other disaster area.



Boeing CH-47D Chinook 85-24353, the main cabin area.

             Another view of 85-24353's main cabin area.



Boeing CH-47D Chinook 85-24353, right rear quarter.

             An exterior view of CH-47D Chinook helicopter 85-24353 while parked in the hangar at Simmons Army Airfield, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, circa late 1990s. Notice the large "Flipper" painted on the aft pylon.



          This aircraft was piloted by:


          CW3 Mark S. Morgan, PC/MTP/ME, 1998 - 2000


          CW2 Dave Snow, Instructor Pilot, 1998 - 2000


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          This aircraft was crewed by:


          SGT Donald Leach, Flight Engineer, 2004 - 2005


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