Boeing Chinook

The Boeing Chinook is a tandem rotor helicopter operated by the Royal Air Force which has the largest fleet outside the United States.

The Chinook aircraft, normally based at RAF Odiham, provides heavy-lift support and transport across all branches of the British armed forces. The Chinook has been widely deployed in support of British military engagements. Its first wartime role was on Operation Corporate, the operation to retake the Falklands War, in 1982. Thereafter, Chinooks have been deployed on Operation Granby, the first Gulf War in 1991, peace-keeping operations in the Balkans, the recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as providing routine supply and support missions on Operation Banner in Northern Ireland. The Chinook has also been deployed in military humanitarian missions such as the extraction of civilians from warzones and the evacuation of Sierra Leone in 2000, and Lebanon in 2006.

'Bravo November'

One Chinook in particular, known by its original squadron code Bravo November, has come to widespread public recognition due to its remarkable service record. It has seen action in every major operation involving the RAF in the helicopter's 25-year service life, including the Falkland Islands, Lebanon, Germany, Northern Ireland, Iraq, and Afghanistan.