Pegasus CH-47 Tail Number History List



Like a fish, the Boeing Hilton floats...

             The Boeing made CH-47 Chinook can float on the water for a minimum of 30 minutes, even with the engines turned off. Click-N-Go Here to view some water landing videos.



          (Watch me float)



   Click-N-Go Here watch a Video of a CH-47D conducting Rib boat training in Honduras. [4:08, 112 Mb, noisy audio included].


             The link above points to Video file converted from an old VHS tape of a CH-47D Chinook helicopter flying around a large lake in Honduras circa 1992. The team was conducting rib boat insertion and extraction training with special forces personnel. The aircraft was assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. It is believed that the right seat pilot was CW2 Rob Morris and the left seat pilot was CW2 Randy Barnett. The Flight Engineer and Crew Chief are unknown.

   Due to the large file size, it is recommended that you Right Click the link and select "Save Target As" to save the file to your computer before attempting to view.




*As of Today...

... the first flight of the YHC-1B Chinook, 59-04983, occurred years ago.


... the oldest, non-flyable, partial, CH-47 Chinook airframe, 59-04986, is years old.


... the oldest, non-flyable, assembled, CH-47 Chinook airframe, 61-02408, is years old.


... the oldest flyable CH-47 Chinook airframe, 91-00261, is years old.



             5 October 1988: A CH-47 Chinook helicopter toting a C-119 twin-engine Flying Boxcar from the Florence Air and Missile Museum in South Carolina to Pope Air Force Base makes a forced landing in a cornfield between Laurinburg and Maxton. The Chinook is capable of lifting about 25,250 pounds and successfully lifted the C-119, but the helicopter had a maintenance malfunction shortly after takeoff. Workers at the Florence museum where the C-119 was on display for 25 years removed its engines, most of its wings, its tail and other equipment to reduce its weight from about 40,000 pounds to 20,000 pounds. That is all we know about this incident. Anybody know any more details? Tail number, crew, location of landing site, malfunction, etc.?



          Early 1960s H-47 Promotional Film


          " We're not just Airborne - we're HeliBorne! "


Early 1960s Chinook helicopter promotional film.



   Click-N-Go Here watch a Video of an early 1960s promotional film about the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. [3:33, 22.9 Mb, audio included].


             The link above points to Video file converted from an old VHS tape of an early 1960s promotional film about the CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

   Due to the large file size, it is recommended that you Right Click the link and select "Save Target As" to save the file to your computer before attempting to view.



          Air America CH-47C Chinook helicopters


             Click-N-Go Here to read a short article discussing the CH-47C Chinook helicopters operated by Air America in Vietnam.




A model Chinook helicopters in storage at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, circa early 1990s.

             62-02116, visible in this photograph, is just one of the many Chinook helicopters that were temporarily stored at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, through the mid-1990s. At various points, the airframes were inducted into the D model production line - saving them from certain destruction due to the ravages of time. Note in the image above, the Chinook in the foreground is sporting the original dual wheels on the aft landing gear.



          Our Objective



             We are working on a massive historical listing of all the Boeing CH-47 Chinook's ever manufactured. So far, we have managed to collect quite a bit of information. Still, with over 700 aircraft included, there are some holes and we would appreciate any and all input to the status of any aircraft you may have knowledge thereof.

             For you folks that are able to help, we could use copies of the first few pages of the DA Form 2408-15 (located in the aircraft historical records maintained by Quality Control), or the information contained on the page. On this page is where most of the history of any still flyable CH-47 is written. It shows the previous tail number, hours at conversion, acceptance test flight dates, etc. Also, some helicopters have additional information contained in subsequent pages of the Dash 15 that may be of interest, such as deployment to Desert Storm and other operations. This type of data is worth including in the historical database as well as any personal tales and photographs one might have. Of course, current aircraft hours are always welcomed.


             Remember, there is a little old lady in tennis shoes updating this list. Without your input, she has nothing to do and the history of the Chinook will just fade away and become forever lost.





          A Little History


USNS Point Cruz loaded with CH-47 helicopters enroute to Vietnam in 1968.
USNS Point Cruz loaded with CH-47 helicopters enroute to Korea, 1969.


             On 17 June 1969, the U.S. Navy carrier USNS Point Cruz dropped anchor in Inchon Harbor with 16 CH-47 Chinooks on her flight deck. This marked a new era in aviation history as the 19th Aviation Company performed the first ship-board fly-away delivery of helicopters to the Republic of Korea (South Korea). The first aircraft to land at airbase A-511 (near the city of Pyong Taek, commonly known as Camp Humphrey) was flown by the Commanding Officer, Major Roy A. Crews, and the unit's Systems Repair Section Platoon Leader, CW3 Jimmy Bornheim. As the carrier steamed into the harbor, preparations were underway to make delivery. Maintenance crews accompanying the aircraft had begun to reassemble the aircraft and make them ready for operational missions. Shortly after arriving in-country, the 19th Aviation Company completed 319 missions accumulating the impressive record of 67,768 passenger miles, 47,560 cargo miles, and 742 flying hours. This was completed prior to the unit becoming certified as an operational unit. The unit received the first Adjutant General Inspection (AGI) on 19 August 1969, one day after becoming operational, receiving the rating of excellent. General Order 252, issued by Headquarters, United States Army Pacific (USARPAC), changed the unit designation from 19th Aviation Company (Medium Helicopter) to 19th Aviation Company (Assault Support Helicopter), with an effective date of 15 April 1969.


             Pictured below are some the Chinook crewmembers and mechanics who shipped out aboard the USNS Point Cruz as the helicopters were deployed to Korea. From left to right: SP/4 Blankenship (FE), SP/5 Scott (FE), SP/4 Clark, SP/4 Hamm, SP/4 Casey and SP/4 Marchese. Not pictured are SP/4 Black, SP/4 Emory, Captain Britt, CW3 Viles and CW2 Neeley.


The Chinook helicopter deployment crew members on the USNS Point Cruz, June 1969. A certificate issued to Lloyd Blankenship for crossing the International Date Line via ship.
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          U.S. Army Chinook Helicopters


          Listings by Model



Read more about the A Model Chinook helicopter. Read more about the B Model Chinook helicopter. Read more about the C Model Chinook helicopter.
Read more about the D Model Chinook helicopter. Read more about the MH-47D Model Chinook helicopter. Read more about the MH-47E Model Chinook helicopter.
Read more about the F Model Chinook helicopter. Read more about the MH-47G Model Chinook helicopter.




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          Search this site for Chinook tail numbers.

          Enter the tail number in an 7 digit format, as in " 59-04982 ".

          [ All known United States Army tail numbers, from 1959 to 2011, are listed on this site. There are several other countries represented as well. When searching, remember to include the dash or hyphen, but not the quotes, in the tail number search string. For ease of database management, the search strings are set up with a prefix of 2 digits, indicating year of manufacture, and a suffix of 5 digits, indicating the sequence number. So, if the tail number one is looking for originally had a 4 digit suffix, include a leading zero, as in "59-04982". ]


          For more information on the conventions used in assigning tail numbers - Click-N Go Here.





          Related Sites


          CH-47 Aircraft Strike Information Research

          Fleet Historical Summary

          Unit Histories

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   * Assuming your computer's clock is set to the current date and time. Airframe age based on U.S. Army acceptance date (DD Form 250).



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