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In Memoriam

Klaas Willem Jonker
† April 30, 2018

On Monday 30 April 2018, Wilko Jonker died after a long illness at the age of 58. He leaves behind a wife and two children. The Dutch military aviation and plastic modeling were his hobby and on this website he shared all the knowledge he has collected over the years. His hobby has been able to distract him from the persistent disease in his body until the last week of his life. The contacts with other hobbyists were a major support for him.

This website will be maintained by different people for as long as possible, so that other enthusiasts can continue to benefit from extensive content.

Boeing-Vertol CH-47D/F Chinook


At the end of 1956 the US Army released a set of specifications for a turbine-powered transport helicopter to replace the Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave. Vertol started designing a new tandem-rotor transport helicopter designated as Model 107.

In June 1958 Vertol received a contract for one YHC-1A, which could carry 20 men. During the testing period the US Army thought the YHC-1A to light for the transport role an to heavy for the attack role. It was decided to upgrade the UH-1 Huey  and use is for tactical transport and to obtain an heavy transport helicopter.

The YHC-1A was developed further and used by the US Marines as CH-46 Sea Knight in 1962.

The US Army ordered a larger and heavier version, Model 114, designated as HC-1B. The first pre-production machine Boeing-Vertol YCH-1B (Vertol was merged with Boeing to Boeing-Vertol) made its first flight on September 21, 1961. In 1962 the designation was changed in CH-47A "Chinook".

The new helicopter was powered by twin-shaft turbine engines, initial two Lycoming T-53 of 2200 hp, each mounted at the rear of the fuselage. Later models were equipped with upgraded, more powerful engines. Moreover, the two rotors rotate against each other in order to compensate for the torque and could be controlled separately. In case of failure of one of the engines the remaining engine can drive both rotors.

The Chinook was further developed in the course of time and improved and more powerful versions were released. The CH-47D was a major improvement with better engines, composite rotor blades, redesigned cockpit, improved electrical systems and avionics.

Also a civilian version, designated Boeing-Vertol Model 234 was developed and mainly used in the oil industry.


pre 1962 designation of the Boeing-Vertol Model 114
349 examples of the first produced version for the US Army; initially equipped with two Lycoming T55-L-5 engines rated 1640 kW, later two Lycoming T55-L-7C rated 2130 kW.
  • ACH-47A: armed version. Four examples of the CH-47A modified in 1965.
108 examples of an interim version equipped with two Lycoming T55-L-7C engines of 2130 KW each. Modifications were the Adjustments were the blunted rear rotor pylon, redesigned asymmetrical rotor blades and guides along the tailgate and trunk to improve the flying characteristics.
Boeing Model 234. 233 examples built. Equipped with more powerful engines and gear boxes. The first examples still had the Lycoming T55-L-7C engines rated 2130 KW each, later two Lycoming T55-L-11 engines rated 2800 kW each were installed. Canada ordered eight examples designated as CH-147. These were equipped with a hoist and a station for the Flight Engineer in the rear cabin.
  • HC1: RAF version of the CH-47C
Used the same airframe in combination with powerful engines.Initially the Lycoming T55-L-712 was used, soon replaced with the Lycoming T55-Ga-714A. The CH-47D could carry an external load of 12 tons with the triple cargo hook system. Also the avionics were improved with e.g. GPS.The first CH-47D entered service in 1979. The Us Army had nearly all its Chinooks, 472 examples. upgraded tot CH47D standard.
  • HC2 and HC2A: RAF version.
  • The Netherlands acquired the seven remaining CH-147’s from Canada and these were completely overhauled and upgraded to CH-47D. Other improvements were the Bendix weather radar in the extended nose, ‘glass cockpit’ and improved Honeywell T55-L-714A engines. Also six new examples were obtained.
  • MH-47D: version developed for special duties and had a inflight refuelling system, and a fast-rope system. Twelve examples were built and six were modified older versions.
26 examples of a version for the US Army Special Operations. Similar to the MH-47D but with enlarged fuel capacity and terrain radar.
  • HC-3: RAF version. Due to problems with the avionics all were modified to HC-2 standard.
Released in 2001; the prototype was an upgraded CH-47D. Can carry 9,5 ton external load. the CH-47F has a upgraded airframe construction; two Honeywell T55-L-714A engines rated 3630 kW each and renewed electronics like a Rockwell Collins Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) and a BAE Systems Digital Advanced Flight Control System (DAFCS). The US Army ordered 48 examples ; The Netherlands ordered six examples replace lost CH-47Ds and to expand the existing Chinook fleet.
  • CH-47F Block 2: version planned for 2020 capable to carry 10 ton; higher take off weight and new  Advanced Chinook Rotor Blades (ACRB) ; more powerful Honeywell T55-715 engines and the Active Parallel Actuator System (APAS), an advanced control system. Also the fuel system is revised and enlarged and the electric system expanded.
  • CH-47F Block 3: this version is planned for 2025 with more powerful engines, transmission and extended fuselage.
similar to the MH-47E, but with upgraded avionics and systems as CH-47F. The remaining 11 MH-47Ds and 25 MH-47Es will be modernized and an additional twelve examples will be built.
  • CH-47J:
Japanese license version of the CH-47D, 61 examples built by Kawasaki. Differs in engines and avionics.
  • CH-47JA: a longe range version with enlarged fuel capacity, AAQ-16 FLIR and (a partly) glass cockpit.
[to be developed] Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR-X) version based upon the MH-47G.

Civil versions

Model 234LR (long range):
Commercial transport helicopter.
Model 234ER (extended range):
Commercial transport version.
Model 234MLR (multi-purpose long range):
Commercial transport version
Model 234UT (utility transport):
Utility transport helicopter.
Model 414:
international export version van de CH-47D.


Technical Information CH-47D [Dutch version]
Length with rotor 30,18 m Rotor diameter: 18,29 m
Height: Height with rotating rotor: 5,77;m;
height in rest 4,99 meter
Tail rotor diameter: - m
Length without rotor: 15,88 m;
length with rotating rotor 30,18 m;
Empty weight: 11 151 kg Max. Start weight 24 494 kg
Max. speed: 315 km/hr Cruising speed: 256 km/hr
Range: 2020 km Service ceiling 7000 km
Engine type: Two Textron Lycoming T55-L-714 rated 3629 kW each
Crew: .
Armament: None


In service with RNlAF.

Because of the foundation of the new air-mobile brigade (Luchtmobiele Brigade) the Netherlands needed a fleet of transport helicopters.
In 1993 seven CH-147 Chinooks were taken over from Canada and completely overhauled and modernized and upgraded to CH-47D by Boeing. The Chinooks were delivered between August 1995 and February 1996. Also six new aircraft were ordered, which were delivered in 1998.
The Dutch Chinooks have a modern 'glass cockpit", a hoist and modern avionics.

For self-protection, they are equipped with an APR-39 radar warning system; an AN/AVR2 laser detector and an AN/ALQ156 missile warning system which is coupled with the M130 flare system and also a chaff  and flare system can be installed.
Furthermore, they were equipped with more powerful Honeywell T55-L-714a engines of 3069 kW each. These were stronger than the engines installed on the "standard" CH-47D. The revised Ch-47Ds initially had a protection plate mounted under the outlets to protect the fuselage.
Later, the exhausts were oriented upwards and outwards, so these protective plates could be omitted.
The six new aircraft were delivered with this system.

The Chinooks were assigned to 298 squadron, initially stationed at airbase Soesterberg, but later stationed at air base Gilze-Rijen.


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Boeing-Vertol CH-47D Chinook D-664 with the originally mounted deflection plate aft the exhaust (to protect the fuselage because of the more powerful engines used on the Dutch Ch47D) photographed during the Open Day July 1997 at airbase Twenthe.


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Boeing-Vertol CH-47D Chinook D-663 in the original implementation with the deflection plate aft the exhaust, photographed during a trip to airbase Soesterberg April 1997.


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Boeing-Vertol CH-47D Chinook D-661 with UN markings and the slighty outward and upwards pointing exhaust (and omitted deflection plate), photographed during Open Day September 2000 at airbase Volkel.

In 2013 six CH-47Fs entered service as replacement and expansion. Three of these Chinooks are assigned to 302 squadron stationed at Fort Hood in the US for training purposes.

The Chinook is used for wide range of tasks:

  • Generic transport
  • Transport of injured and humanitarian support
  • Search and rescue
  • Fire-fighting [using so-called "Bambi buckets' with a capacity of approximately 10,000 l]
  • Operations with 11th Air-mobile Brigade.


The Chinooks were frequently sent on mission abroad.

KFOR 1999

For this mission three Chinooks were deployed in the Balkans and transported during more than 700 missions relief supplies and refugees.

Allied Harbour 2000

A mission in Albania.

UMEEE 2001

Humanitarian mission in Eritrea.

SFOR Bosnia: 01-2001 - 06-2004

This was a job where initially five Cougars were deployed and later four Chinooks. These operated from Divulje Barracks in Bosnia.

SFIR Iraq: 07-2003 - 11-2005

For this mission, three, and later four Chinooks and four Cougars were deployed from the air base Talil. They were mostly used by the Dutch Peace Force present.

OEF Afghanistan 05-2005 - 06-2006

For this detachment in southern Afghanistan, the aircraft were used by the Dutch special unit forces.

ISAF Afghanistan: 05-2007 - 10-2010

Commitment for the NATO ISAF operation from Kandahar airbase.

IMG 0243

A Boeing-Vertol CH-47D Chinook D-663, with new markings and antennas of the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

Ch-47D Chinook GRIJS NIEUW

New CH-47F Chinook for the RNlAF at the Boeing Factory (foto via M. Brouwer).
May 2012 the first two new Ch-47F Chinooks were official handed over to the RNlAF, click here


IMG 0558

Boeing-Vertol CH-47F Chinook D-892 during the Air Power demo at the Open Day June 2014 at air base Gilze-Rijen.


Boeing CH-47 Chinook



SerialConstruction nr.(civil) test serialDate in serviceDate out of serviceNicknameNotes
Ex-Canadian aircraft, which have been revised and overhauled completely
D-661 M.3661/NL001 CAN 147003 03-08-1996   Red October'  
D-662 M.3662/NL002 CAN 147004 05-08-1996   Lady Liberty'  
D-663 M.3663/NL003 CAN 147005 08-08-1996   'Blizzard'  
D-664 M.3664/NL004 CAN 147006 29-12-1995   'Sling King'  
D-665 M.3665/NL005 CAN 147007 28-12-1995   'Bigfoot'  
D-666 M.3666/NL006 CAN 147008 30-01-1996   'The Beast'  
D-667 M.3667/NL007 CAN 147009 02-03-1996   'Rodney'  
New Boeing built aircraft
D-101 M.4101/NL008 N2067F(2) 29-05-1998   'The Philly Connection'  
D-102 M.4102/NL009 N2067H 13-08-1998      
D-103 M.4103/NL010 N2067M(2) 21-08-1998   'Dragon Fly'  
D-104 M.4104/NL011 N2069A(2) 01-10-1998 31-10-2005   Crashed in Afghanistan
D-105 M.4105/NL012 N2069S(5) 05-03-1999 27-07-2005 'Rainmaker' Crashed in Afghanistan
D-106 M.4106/NL013 N7424E(2) 04-02-1999      



SerialConstruction nr.(civil) test serialDate in serviceDate out of serviceNicknameNotes
New ordered Boeing CH-47F Chinook, to supplement and replace lost machines
D-890 M.8890/NL014 N1004W 23-09-2013     298 sq Gilze-Rijen
D-891 M.8891/NL015 N1074E 08-10-2012     298 sq Gilze-Rijen
D-892 M.8892/NL016 N1098X 08-12-2012     298 sq Gilze-Rijen
D-893 M.8893/NL017 N1122R  2013      
D-894 M.8894/NL018 N1149Z  2013      
D-895 M.8895/NL019 N1154T  2013      


1/72nd Scale


  • Airfix
    • Kit 05035: Boeing Vertol CH47 Chinook HC1 [A release of the Italeri kit 064; For a Dutch Chinook the nose needs to be corrected]
  • Italeri
    • Kit 045 / 342672: This model has the right radarnose for a Dutch version.
      The form of rotor blades however is not correct, especially near the rotorhead and needs to be changed.
      Note also the antennas of the Dutch aircraft; during its operational period several changes have been made, check also the exhausts of the enigine.
      And further the colour of the Dutch roundels provided with the kit is not correct..
    • Kit 064: a model of a standard Boeing CH-47D Chinook (HC1). [For a Dutch Chinook the nose needs to be corrected.]
    • Kit 342662:Boeing Vertol Chinook HC1 (CH47C) with a photo Manual
  • Matchbox
    • Kit PK413: Boeing Vertol Chinook HC.1/CH47D. For a Dutch Chinook the nose needs to be corrected.
  • Revell
    • Kit 04641:Boeing Vertol Chinook HC Mk1.
      Ex-Matchbox kit. For a Dutch Chinook the nose needs to be corrected.
  • Trumpeter
    • Kit 01622: Boeing Vertol CH-47D Chinook. For a Dutch Chinook the nose needs to be corrected.
Boeing CH 47D Chinook II AKleijn
A model of a Boeing-Vertol CH-47D, built by Adri Kleijn.


IMG 0707

A model vof an early Boeing CH-47D. I used the Matchbox kit and modified the nose, using the nose of the Italeri kit.

IMG 0710

Further is added some antennas and protection plates near the exhaust. Decals used come from the Dutch Decal set 72050 ( a nice set!)
The kit was finished (mainly adding antennas, rotection plates, windows and some decalling plus topcoat) by Adri Kleijn. Thank you very much!!

IMG 0709


Modelling add-on

  • AirWaves
    • Kit AC7212: Detailset Boeing Vertol CH47 Chinook
  • Eduard
    • Set 72-167: Detailset Boeing CH47D Chinook
    • Set 72-208: Detailset Boeing ACH47 Chinook
    • Set SS314 / 73-314: Detailset Boeing CH47A Chinook Interior self adhesive (Trumpeter)
    • Set 73-319: Detailset Boeing CH47 Chinook cargo Seatbelts self adhesive (Trumpeter)
    • Set SS 321 / 73-321 : CH47D Chinook Interior - self adhesive (Trumpeter)
    • Set 72-455: Detailset MH47E Chinook exterior (delen mogelijk bruikbaar voor CH47D)
    • Set 72-486 : Detailset CH47A Chinook Exterior (Trumpeter)
    • Set 72-490: Detailset CH47D Chinook Exterior (Trumpeter)
    • Set (Big) 7233: Detailset MH47E Chinook (Italeri).
      Bevat sets 72-455; 73-278; CX049
    • Set (Big) 7248: Detailset CH47A Chinook (Trumpeter)
      Bevat set 72-486; 73-008 Remove Before Flight; 73-314; 73-319; CX217 CH-47A paint masks.
    • Set (Big) 7249: Detailset CH47D Chinook (Trumpeter)
      Bevat sets 72-490; 73-008 Remove Before Flight; 73-319; 73-321; CX-226 CH-47D paint mask
  • OzMods
    • Kit 7202: Conversion set RAAF CH47D Chinook
  • CMK
    • Kit A7160: Boeing CH47 Chinook Interior Set (Italeri)
    • Kit A7161: Boeing CH47 Chinook Engine Set (Italeri)
    • Kit A7162: Boeing CH47 Chinook Exterior Set (Italeri)
  • Whirlybits
    • Kit A72034 : CH47 Chinook replacement composite rotor blades (Airfix-Italeri)
  • Model Alliance
    • Kit cs-118: CH47 Chinook HC2 Sandfilters
    • Kit cs-135: CH47 Chinook HC2 Rotor Blades
  • Duarte models
    • Kit AC7201: Self Defence Boxes (SH60, SH2, CH47, Lynx, Sea King, Kiowa)


  • Dutch Decal
    • Set 72050: Contains serials for each aircraft of 298 squadron, including names, UN and KFOR markings plus things like walkways etc. (for one aircraft).

1/48th Scale


  • Italeri
    • Kit 342647: Boeing Vertol ACH47A Armed Chinook Italeri 342647 Boeing Vertol ACH47A Armed Chinook
    • Set 342672: Boeing Vertol CH47D Chinook

Modelling add-on

  • CMK
    • Set 4203: Boeing CH47 Chinook Interior set
    • Set 4204: Boeing CH47 Chinook engine set (Italeri)
    • Set 4218: Boeing CH47 Chinook Interior set (Italeri)
    • Set 4219: Boeing CH47 Chinook Rear Fuselage roof interiorset (Italeri)
  • Eduard
    • Set (Big) 4885 : Detailset AHC47A Chinook (Italeri)
      Setjes 48-558; 49-037; 49-355; X199 ACH-47A Chinook paint mask
    • Set (Big) 4906: Detailset CH47C Chinook HC1 (Italeri / Revell)
      Setjes: 48-600; 48-601; 49-009 Remove Before Flight; 49-421; 49-422; X248 CH-47C/HC-1 Chinook mask
    • Set 49-037: Detailset ACH47 Chinook seatbelts (Italeri)
    • Set 49-421: Detailset Boeing CH47C/HC1 Chinook Interior Self Adhesive (Italeri)
    • Set 49-422: Detailset Boeing CH47C/HC1 Chinook Cargo and seatbelts Self Adhesive (Italeri)
    • Set 48-355: Detailset ACH47A interior
    • Set 48-558: Detailset ACH47A
    • Set 48-600: Detailset CH47D/HC1 Chinook Cargo Interior (Italeri)
    • Set 48-601: Detailset CH47D/HC1 Chinook Exterior (Italeri)
  • Heritage Aviation
    • Set CV48019 : RAF CH47 Chinook HC1 Rotor Bladen
  • Italeri
    • Set 3426002 : CH47 Chinook Detailset Italeri


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    • Set --: --


SchemeColour nameFS numberRALHumbrolXtraColorVallejo Model ColorVallejo Model AirRevell (36 = acryl; 32 = enamel)Hataka
Standard #1Overall Olive Green 34094 6031 117 X116 70.975 ?? 71.250 32362 / 36362 ~152
Standard #2 [CH-47F]Overall Grey 36320   128 X258 70.830 71.120   ~035
Markings Light grey 36375?   127   70.989 71.046 32176 / 36176 ~034

Check for an extensive conversion table with lots of colour and paint systems.

The Ch-47F is officially overall FS 36118, but in the real world this colour looks far to dark. FS 36320 is a better match for the colour applied on the CH-47F


Boeing CH47D Chinook-1A
Delivery scheme of the first (revised) Chinooks.
Note the protection near the exhaust of the more powerful engines.
Boeing CH47D Chinook-1B
Delivery scheme odf the second series of Chinooks.
The protection plate has been omitted s the exhausts have ben repositioned and are pointing more upwards and outwards. Later retrofitted to the first series.
Further the antennas and markings have changed.
Boeing CH47F Chinook-1
Delivery scheme of the CH-47F Chinook.




Aerofax Minigrapoh 27: Boeing Helicopters CH-47 Chinook David Anderton & Jay Miller   1989 Uitgever Aerofax, Inc., Arlington, Texas
Luchtvaart; 10e jaargang nummer 10: Nederlandse Luchtmacht krijgt Boeing CH-47 Chinooks Hans Heerkens Pag. 344 - 351 1993 Uitgeverij Ten Brink, Meppel
Squadrons van de Koninklijke Luchtmacht (derde herzien druk Willem Helfferich pag. 67 - 68 1994 Uitgever Uitgevers Wyt, Rotterdam
Modelbouw in Plastic jaargang 26, nummer 1: Boeing Vertol CH-47D Chinook Erwin Stam Pag. 20 - 22 1997 I.P.M.S. Nederland, Nederland
Camouflage en Kentekens J.Greuter e.a.   1997 Bonneville – Bergen (NH)