A just arrived CH-47C is being prepared for flights in support of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission over Afghanistan. In these day's it was a constant come and go of military and civil (transport)aircraft and helicopters at Kabul. Check the tactical landing of the Air West Cargo Il-76 in the back-ground!
Three Italian CH-47C were brought to Kabul International Airport by An-124 in support of the NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan named the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The helicopters were assembled at Kabul, a maintenance guy is preparing things before the massive rotor blades could be attached. A fork-lift truck is seen lifting a box with the rotor blades out of the Chinook's fuselage.
The Aviazione dell'Esercito (Italian Army Aviation) CH-47C Chinook contingent at the then military platform of Kabul International Airport (KAIA, pronounced as "Kaja"). Three Charlies arrived in November 2005 at this location in support of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan.
Still fairly new at the time, having been accepted by the Army on 30 September 1975. It is seen here proudly wearing the "Black Cats" badge of the 213th Combat Aviation Company, at the time stationed at Camp Humphreys in South Korea. This helicopter was converted to CH-47D c/n M.3319 in August 1990 and allocated new serial 89-00165. As such it crashed in Saudi Arabia on 11 January 1991, following an in-flight engine fire.
Another good example of the attractive camouflage schemes worn by Moroccan military aircraft, so much nicer to see than the currently ubiquitous grey or olive drab. Italy supplied Morocco with 12 of these licence-built heavylifters, six in 1979 and six in 1982, of which nine are said now to be in operation with the Rabat-Salé based Escadre Hélicoptère