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The CH-47 Chinook is an intermediate difficulty Metal Earth model with 34 pieces on two sheets of metal. The Chinook heavy lift helicopter entered service during the Vietnam War and is still in use today.
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products below).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14. Metal Earth was originally called MetalWorks.
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The Boeing CH-47 Chinook (named after a native American tribe) is used mainly for troop movements, artillery placement, and battlefield resupply. With top speeds of 196 mph (315 km/h) it was faster than any utility or attack copters when it entered service in the 1960s, and remains one of the fastest in its class today, as well as one of the heaviest-lifting.
The first Chinooks arrived in Vietnam in 1966. Their most valuable mission was placing artillery banks in hard-to-access mountains and keeping them supplied. 200 of the 750 Chinooks in the American and South Vietnamese fleets were lost in combat or operational accidents.
During the 1970s, pre-revolutionary Iran had good relations with the US that included many American aircraft. Iran bought 70 Chinooks and had another 50 on order when the revolution broke out. Iran made heavy use of its US-supplied air force during its 1980s war with Iraq, losing at least eight of their CH-47s during that period. Somewhere between 20-45 Chinooks are still in service in Iran.
The Chinook is still in service and routinely saw action in Afghanistan and Iraq.