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Rarely Seen Footage Of SEAL Team Extraction Using A Chinook CH-47 Helicopter

A Chinook CH-47 helicopter picks up a US Navy Seal Team and assault boat in a water extraction via the aircraft’s rear door ramp. While most folks are just waking-up in the morning and headed for the kitchen for their first cup of coffee at 8:00am, these guys have already put in a full day by then. This is amazing, check out this rarely-seen video of a U.S. Navy SEAL extraction filmed from inside an MH-47 Chinook helicopter.

The pilot has lowered the ramp, dipped the tail end into the water to partially flood the compartment, a maneuver that requires very precise flying and awaits the SEAL team to board in their F-470 Zodiac. You have just got to love the skill of our military…very few pilots would attempt this. It’s too easy to lose lift, and ditch the whole chopper.

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its primary roles are troop movement, artillery emplacement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo hooks. With a top speed of 170 knots the helicopter is faster than contemporary utility and attack helicopters of the 1960s. The CH-47 is among the heaviest lifting Western helicopters. Its name is from the Native American Chinook people. The Chinook was designed and initially produced by Boeing Vertol in the early 1960s; it is now produced by Boeing Rotorcraft Systems.

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