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Title

This page should really be titled RAF Chinook Variants, the present title RAF Chinook implies that it is an RAF-Built Chinook !! MilborneOne 19:48, 27 August 2006 (UTC)

Perhaps Boeing Chinook (RAF) would be a suitable alternative, more closely following the company-name pattern for British military aircraft. -- BillCJ 18:38, 3 November 2006 (UTC)
I would agree with a slight modification as Boeing Chinook (RAF variants). MilborneOne 22:00, 4 November 2006 (UTC)
Works for me. However, we might also follow your suggestion for the Harrier II, and use Boeing Chinook (UK variants). While all UK variants are operated by the RAF at this time, it would make it more uniform, and conform to the Harreir II pattern. In addition, it's been "rumored" that the Army might one day gain control of the Chinooks; this would save us from a name change in the future, and would apply if an addional branch began operating them also. -- BillCJ 22:49, 4 November 2006 (UTC)
That would work for me too. --Guinnog 23:20, 4 November 2006 (UTC)
I created this article. I was only going by what had been created before, such as RAF Tornado... etc. I fully understand the points raised above and I agree. I have changed the title as per the consensus above, i.e. to Boeing Chinook (UK variants). Due to the organisation of the UK's helicopter force I can never forsee a "Royal Navy Chinook" variant. However there is a very outside possibity, so "UK variants" covers all the bases. If anyone disagrees let me know, or probably better for further discussion, add a comment below. Mark83 00:06, 5 November 2006 (UTC)
Looks good. THanks --BillCJ 00:54, 5 November 2006 (UTC)

Chinooks' Avionics

I read that the BAE Systems Multi Sensor Turrets (MSTs, forrunner of the Titan 385 Multi Sensor Turret System) is fitted on Royal Air Force Chinooks ([1], [2]). Do you know if these turrets are fitted on HC.1s, HC.2s, or only on 7 Squadron's HC.2s ? Rob1bureau 11:34, 13 January 2007 (UTC)

Just variants or UK use of Chinook?

Is this article just intended to be about the UK variants or is it also intended to cover the use of the Chinook in the UK? Either way, I do not feel this article is living up to potential as it seems to be missing information peculiar to how the UK determined to replace the Belvedere with the Chinook. It spends an inordinately disproportionate amount of time on the procurement problems of the HC.3, but no mention is made as to why there is a 9-year gap between the Belvedere's retirement and the purchase of HC.1s.

I would also recommend that it carry a {{Main|CH-47 Chinook}} at the top and that the CH-47 article carry {{Main|Boeing Chinook (UK variants)}} in its variants section. Currently rated as a B-Class but I will be assessing the B-Class criteria in the template and feel that it falls short in the first two criteria. This should really be a Start-class article until some gaps are filled. --Born2flie 15:27, 29 April 2007 (UTC)


Was the Bristol Belvedere helicopter not replaced by the Westland Wessex during the 9-year gap referred to above?
Dean Armond 02:48, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

RAF has 48 airframes

this is taken from the official RAF website[3]:

The RAF operates the largest fleet of Chinook Support Helicopters after the US Army, with a total of 34 HC2s, 6 HC2As and 8 HC3s (the HC3 has yet to enter operational service). The Chinook Wing, which forms the heavy-lift element of the Joint Helicopter Command (JHC), is based at RAF Odiham in Hampshire. Odiham supports three operational squadrons, No 7 Squadron, No 18 Squadron and No 27 Squadron, and the Operational Conversion Flight

The HC3s will be turned into HC2s or HC2As by 2009[4]

Chinook rescuing Sea King

I added this to the external links again, as it was originally there, then got moved to the text, then got removed. I think it should be in the page somewhere as it shows the amazing things that Chinooks can do, and I think people should be able to see as well as read about it. 86.137.139.82 (talk) 19:24, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

Sorry it not an amazing thing that Chinooks can do it is something that Chinooks do all the time - it is not the first time and want be the last that a Chinook has lifted another helicopter (or even a Sea King) that is why it is called a heavy lift helicopter. If they was anything unusual about this particular rescue - which doesnt look to be the case, then please explain. MilborneOne (talk) 20:06, 21 July 2008 (UTC)
I think this would be alright if it were stated as Milb1 describes. A normal type lift operation for a Chinook. It'd be better to put that in a Design section but one of the Chinook HCx sections will do. But we don't know what type (HC1, HC2, etc) it was. The BBC page only says Chinook. I think the link being in the Ext. links is acceptable. That's my take anyway... -Fnlayson (talk) 20:24, 21 July 2008 (UTC)
I have added the external link back although not notable but as Fnlayson says it does show the Chinook in action. It is a Chinook HC2 serial number ZA680, I have added that info to the link. MilborneOne (talk) 20:36, 21 July 2008 (UTC)