The March 15 flight, at the Boeing helicopter facility near Philadelphia, Penn., happened ahead of schedule and confirmed initial airworthiness for the Mk6 Chinook.
“This is a truly impressive achievement for both Boeing and the project team,” said Capt. David Childs, Chinook Team Leader, U.K. Defence Equipment & Support. “To see the first aircraft fly less than 20 months after contract signature is a source of great pride for all those involved in this key project.”
The Mk6 Chinook features advanced technology including United Kingdom-specific avionics, a forward-looking infrared system, and interoperable communication and navigation equipment. It is undergoing comprehensive testing in Mesa, Ariz., before delivery to the United Kingdom later this year.