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ADF.Serial Aircraft Type Const No. USAF/Army
Serial
Aircraft History
A15-001 CH-47C E-001 73-21970 First completed RAAF Chinook was rolled out 18/07/73.
Accepted 09/10/73.
Delivered 03/74?
To 3 AD 05/74.
To Amberley 06/04/79.
To 12 Sqn 31/10/80.
To 3 AD 22/08/83.
To 12 Sqn 01/10/84.
Crashed 04/02/85, Perseverance Dam Towoomba QLD.
Pilot FLTLT Charles 'Chas' Chubb RAF was rescued from the submerged cockpit but died later in hospital.
Crew; Co-pilot
FLTLT Grant 'Jack' Frost, Flight Engineer WOFF Barry Bircham, Loadmaster FSGT Mick Attridge
To 3 AD 17/04/85.
To Fire Section at Amberley 22/12/86.
Was Training Aid at Amberley QLD,
Currently derelict at Oakey, QLD.

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-001  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A15-002 CH-47C E-002 73-21971 Delivered 03/74.
Served with 12 Sqn RAAF.
Used in Torres Strait transferring Containers, with the grounding of MV "Waigani Express" stranded on Hood Point 25/06/81.
Richmond Airshow 1988.
To USA 9/93.
Modified to CH-47D and returned as A15-102

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-002

A15-003 CH-47C E-003 73-21972 Delivered 03/74.
Served with 12 Sqn RAAF.
Used to airlift Caribou A4-164 out of Eliptaman strip PNG on 3/11/78 to Wewak.
To USA 9/93.
Modified to CH-47D and returned as A15-103.

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-003

A15-004 CH-47C E-004 73-21973 Delivered 03/74.
Served with 12 Sqn RAAF.
Undertook longest CH47C flight to Malaysia to retrieve crashed RMAF S61 Nuri.
Left 25/8/80 from Amberley via Timor Sea through Indonesia, then to Butterworth over 5 days and returned to Amberley by the 09/09/80. A distance over 14000 kms.
Used in Torres Strait transferring Containers, with the grounding of MV "Waigani Express" stranded on Hood Point 25/06/81.
To USA 9/93.
Modified to CH-47D and returned as A15-104

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-004

A15-005 CH-47C E-005 73-21974

Later

03-928

Delivered 03/74.
Served with 12 Sqn RAAF.
Was positioned to Derby WA on 07/12/81 to assist/rescue when the Ore Carrier "Co-Op Marine" was in peril of breaking up.
Richmond Airshow 1988.
To USA 9/93.
Modified to CH-47D and flying in US as 93-928 with Company B 214 Aviation Regiment Hawaii NG Nicknamed the Hill Climbers.

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-005

A15-006 CH-47C E-006 73-21975 Delivered 03/74.
Served with 12 Sqn RAAF.
Used at the Moomba Gas Field following an explosion on the 18/12/75 for carting Barytes mud to smother fire.
To USA 9/93.
Modified to CH-47D and returned as A15-106
Allocated to RAAF Museum Point Cook April 2015

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-106

A15-007 CH-47C E-007 73-21976

Later

93-929

Delivered 03/74.
Served with 12 Sqn RAAF.
Richmond Airshow 1988.
To USA 9/93.
Modified to CH-47D and flying in US as 93-929 with Company B 214 Aviation Regiment Hawaii NG Nicknamed the Hill Climbers.

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-007

A15-008 CH-47C E-008 73-21977

later

93-930

Delivered 03/74.
Served with 12 Sqn RAAF.
Used at the Moomba Gas Field following an explosion on the 18/12/75 for carting Barytes mud to smother fire.
Used in transferring containers during grounding of MV "Anro Asia" off Brisbane 07/07/81.
To USA 9/93.
Modified to CH-47D and flying in US as 93-00930 with Company B 214 Aviation Regiment Hawaii NG Nicknamed the Hill Climbers.
Ex CH-47C A15-008, later rebuilt as CH-47D 93-00930 has been demobbed.
Noted For Sale by GSA auction per article 91QSCI14208601 , during May 2014
Now registered as N401AJ, Under Certificate of Aircraft Registration, AC Form 8050-3 on the 22/08/2014, to Sky Cats Puma Corp which is located at Billings, Montana, USA. They operate a variety of Chopper including S-61 Fire Fighters.
FAA Transponder Code is :51130141

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-008

A15-009 CH-47C E-009 73-21978

later

93-931

Delivered 03/74.
Served with 12 Sqn RAAF.
Lifted A15-011 and returned it 06/75 after an accident.
To USA 9/93.
Modified to CH-47D and flying in US as 93-931 with Company B 214 Aviation Regiment Hawaii NG Nicknamed the Hill Climbers.

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-009

A15-010 CH-47C E-010 73-21979

later

93-932

Delivered 03/74.
Served with 12 Sqn RAAF.
First CH47C flight in Australia 08/07/74.
Oakey Airshow 1986.
To USA 9/93.
Modified to CH-47D and flying in US as 93-932 with Company B 214 Aviation Regiment Hawaii NG Nicknamed the Hill Climbers.

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-010

A15-011 CH-47C E-011 73-21980

later

93-933

Delivered 03/74.
Served with 12 Sqn RAAF.
Damaged 26/06/75, when an engine blade from the number 1 engine separated on the Port side and landed heavily with the rear blades striking the mid fuselage at Mt Ebenezer in a paddock near Rosewood.
Returned to 3AD by Chinook A15-009 after weight reduction by removing engines, fuel amongst other things.
Said to be a write off, but the 3AD staff were allowed to tinker with it over 5 years.
Returned to 12 Sqn 25/05/81 with 241 flight hours.
Used in transferring containers during grounding of MV "Anro Asia" off Brisbane 07/07/81.
Richmond Airshow 1988.
Total hours on sale to the USA 09/93 was 2074.1.
Modified to CH-47D and flying in US as 93-933 with Company B 214 Aviation Regiment Hawaii NG Nicknamed the Hill Climbers.

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-011

A15-012 CH-47C E-012 73-21981

later

93-934

Delivered 03/74.
Served with 12 Sqn RAAF.
Lifted RAN Westland Wessex N7-222 from a beach 5kms north of Stockyard Point to Rockhampton 14/11/74.
To USA 9/93.
Modified to CH-47D and flying in US as 93-934 with Company B 214 Aviation Regiment Hawaii NG Nicknamed the Hill Climbers.

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-012

A15-102 CH-47D M.3451 93-0924 Delivered 01/95. Previously A15-002.
In Service 5th Aviation Regiment, C Sqn.
Named 'Centurion'. Name appears above the crew entry door and opposing window.
Experienced the heavy landing in Wednesday 25 June 2008 whilst making an approach at the Military Operations in Urban Terrain facility at the High Range Training Area, Townsville.
It was extensively repaired and returned to service in 2009 after approx 8 months
On 18/11/2009 Caribou A4-199 was airlifted by A15-102 back to Townsville.
A15-102 crashed on 30/05/2011 in Zabul Province, Afghanistan.
Lieutenant Mark Case was killed in the crash and 5 others injured. It was subsequently destroyed on the ground after it was deemed to be unsalvageable. "While we are yet to understand exactly what led to the incident, I am comfortable that the available evidence precludes insurgent small arms fire or rocket fire as a contributing factor" said Australian Chief of Joint Operations Major Gen Ash Power.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2014/12/18/comm...-chinook-crash/

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-102

The rear rotor RHS access panel of A15-102 is fitted to the AWM's A15-202 as a tribute to the crew killed and injured.

Chinook A15-202 carries access panel off A15-102
Photo Michael Formosa

A15-103 CH-47D M.3452 93-0925 Delivered 02/95.
Previously A15-003.
Shown on the news and photographs on a Defence website as being with the ADF in the Gulf on operation Bastile and Falconer 03-04/2003.
In Service 5th Aviation Regiment, C Sqn.
Named 'Crusader'. Name appears above the crew entry door and opposing window.
In 2010 during deployment to Afghanistan it also carried artwork of "NAUGHTY 'N' NICE"
Damaged severely Afghanistan 22/06/2012 during landing at FOB Sarkari Karez when attached to Rotary Wing Group 7 (RWG 7).
Crew and passengers were slightly injured.

“It was first thought that A15-103 had ‘gone down’, sustaining only minor damage. The aircraft had sustained significant torsional damage to the main cabin area; severe sudden stoppage of the rotor system, which compromised all transmissions and drive-line components; and major damage to all landing gear components and associated airframe structural areas. Additionally, the ramp area located at the rear of the aircraft had received a significant impact which severely weakened the airframe structure supporting the aft transmission and aft pylon area. The hidden structural damage proved worse than initially assessed, which immediately placed the recovery mission at risk. The options available were very clear cut at that stage; postpone the mission; cut away or remove the damaged structure; or find a means of supporting the failing structure. After much deliberation and hasty rudimentary calculations, the failing airframe structure was ‘tied’ back into the solid bulkheads located directly above the fracture line using heavy duty military cargo straps. The Recovery lift MI-26 Helicopter's rotor disc started to ‘cone’ under the weight and the slings began to stretch and with an unruly lurch skyward, A15-103 was on its way. It was an agonising 80 minutes before we received notification that A15-103 had returned safely to KAF. The relief was immense and the RAEME guys celebrated with the typical Aussie humility.”

Source: RAEME National Association Newsletter vis Ross L. G. Grant and C Kerr (photos) Airframe was a write off on examination at KAF

A15-103 currently sits on its belly being used as a fire trainer in Kandahar.

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-103

A15-104 CH-47D M.3453 93-0926 Delivered 03/95.
Previously A15-004.
Avalon Airshow 2001.
Shown in a photograph on a Defence website as being in the Gulf on operation Bastile and Falconer 03-04/2003.
On Display 2005.
In Service 5th Aviation Regiment, C Sqn.
Named 'Crux Australis'. Name appears above the crew entry door and opposing window.
Retired to Army Museum of Flying, Oakey Qld.
 

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-104

Carries nose art "Dusty Blonde"

A15-106 CH-47D M.3454 93-0927 Delivered 04/95.
Previously A15-006.
Avalon Airshow 2001.
Shown in a photograph on a Defence website as being in the Gulf on operation Bastile and Falconer 03-04/2003.
In Service 5th Aviation Regiment, C Sqn.
Named 'Conqueror'. Name appears above the crew entry door and opposing window.
Made final flight to RAAF Museum Point Cook 17/04/2015
Currently wrapped in protective cocoon but stored outside.
 

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-106

Carries nose art "Life's A Beach"

A15-151 CH-47D M.3279

B.541
68-15829

later

89-00143

89-00143 Ch-47D cn# M3297 Ch-47C cn #B541,
US Army converted from ex CH-47C 68-15829,
196th Aviation Company, 269th Aviation Battalion. Ft. Bragg, NC,
1998 F/159AVN.Mid May 2011 nose art TAILWIND in Dublin Ireland for support HMX-1. Belonged B/5-158AVN
One of two additional airframes approved for acquisition in November 2011 following the loss of A15-102 in Afghanistan in May 2011.
Delivered by 01/02/2012,
Underwent an extensive mod program to align the aircraft with ADF required modifications such as FDR, CVDR, HF radio etc,
Handed over to the Army's 5th Aviation Regiment on the 08/06/2012.
Named "Chainsaw"
Name appears above the crew entry door and opposing window
Late 2016 installed as a training aid for 1 Brigade and 1 CER at Robertson Barracks Darwin.

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-151

Carries nose art "Second Chance"

A15-152 CH-47D M.3317

B.665
70-15023

later

89-00163

89-00163 CH-47D cn #M3317 CH-47C cn#B665,
US Army converted from ex CH-47C 70-15023,
196th Aviation Company, 269th Aviation Battalion. Ft. Bragg, NC,
Mid May11 in Dublin Ireland for support HMX-1. Belonged to B/5-158AVN,
One of two additional airframes approved for acquisition in November 2011 following the loss of A15-102 in Afghanistan in
May 2011.
Delivered by 01/02/2012,
Underwent an extensive mod program to align the aircraft with ADF required modifications such as FDR, CVDR, HF radio etc,
Handed over to the Army's 5th Aviation Regiment on the 08/06/2012.
06/08/2015 flew from Townsville to the SASR's Campbell Barracks in WA.
It will be used as a training aid and is part of their heritage collection.
Currently located in the car park
where it will remain until an extension of the hangar at the SAS History and Research Centre is complete.

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-152

Carries nose art "Silky Smooth"

A15-201 CH-47D M.4023 n/a Delivered 2000.
Ex N2138T.
With Hunter Aerospace, Townsville 11/00, and delivered to 5th Avn Reg. by 02/00.
In Service 5th Aviation Regiment, C Sqn.
Named 'Courage'. Name appears above the crew entry door and opposing window.
Used during operations in Afghanistan 2009.

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-201

Carries nose art "Rough and Reddy"

A15-202 CH-47D M.4024 n/a Delivered 2000.
Ex N2142V.
With Hunter Aerospace, Townsville 11/00, and delivered to 5th Avn Reg. by 02/00.
In Service 5th Aviation Regiment, C Sqn.
Named 'Centaur'. Name appears above the crew entry door and opposing window.
Retired 19/04/2016 and flown to Canberra for AWM
Landed at Exhibition Park. It will be partially disassembled and towed by road to Treloar Centre

 

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-202

Carries nose art "Good as Gold"

A15-301 CH-47F TBA TBA Accepted by Army at commissioning ceremony, Townsville 6/05/2015
In service 5th Aviation Regiment, Townsville

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-301

A15-302 CH-47F TBA TBA Seen flying around Townsville late 04/2015
Accepted by Army at commissioning ceremony, Townsville 6/05/2015
In service 5th Aviation Regiment, Townsville

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-302

A15-303 CH-47F TBA TBA In service 5th Aviation Regiment, Townsville

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-303

A15-304 CH-47F TBA TBA In service 5th Aviation Regiment, Townsville

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-304

A15-305 CH-47F TBA TBA In service 5th Aviation Regiment, Townsville

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-305

A15-306 CH-47F TBA TBA In service 5th Aviation Regiment, Townsville

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-306

A15-307 CH-47F TBA TBA Delivered 10/08/2015
In service 5th Aviation Regiment, Townsville

Highlight for Album: Chinook A15-307

 
   

3 more CH-47F may be acquired
T
he US State Department has made a determination on 12/12/2015 approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for 3 CH-47F aircraft, related equipment and support. The estimated cost is $180 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on 18/12/2015.

 

 

 
Chinook A15-1xx
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The Authors of this page are Darren Crick, Brendan Cowan, Martin Edwards and Gordon Birkett.

Source: Australian Aviation Magazine, Defence Website, Army News.

Emails: Dean Norman, Andy Marden, Graeme Edwards, Henrico Angerman, Gordon Birkett, Len Avery, Batman, The Phantom, James Chapman, Mark Harbour, Michael Formosa, Glenn Laing.

Updated 30th December 2016

 

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