This former CH-47C (fms serial 93-0927, c/n B.706/E.006) was modified by Boeing to CH-47D late 1993 and returned to the Royal Australian Army in mid 1995. The Chinook was deployed to Afghanistan and heavily used. After its deployment, it was returned to homebase RAAF Townsville/Intl, (also known as Garbut Barracks). On 15 April 2015, this Chinook was withdrawn from use and made its final flight to RAAF Point Cook for preservation in the RAAF museum. Since then is is reported as stored at this location, fully cocooned.
Hilarious: This Dutch Chinook had a bird strike over Afghanistan. That caused a clear visible dent in the black radome. The little damaged and robust built Chinook could continue its flight. Later during my deployment to Kandahar, I told this story to an F-16 pilot on QRA duty. With a complete astonished but spontaneous look he said: "Huh, how's that possible?? Birds can only hit the rear of a Chinook in flight!!". On the picture, the concerning H-47 is seen over one of the few lakes in Kandahar province. Chinooks stole my heart during the deployment. So versatile and such a dangerous mission!
Built as a CH-147 with cn G-006, it was allocated US Army serial 74-22063 but this was not used, it went to the Canadian AF as 147006 where it was taken on charge in May-1975. It was struck of charge in Dec-1991 and then allocated US Army serial 93-0664 for rebuild as CH-47D with a new cn M3664/NL-004 and delivered to the Netherlands AF as D-664, taken on charge in Dec-1995. Seen here with an underslung load.
Built as a CH-147 with cn G-008, it was allocated US Army serial 74-22065 but this was not used, it went to the Canadian AF as 147008 where it was taken on charge in Oct-1976. It was struck of charge in Feb-1992 and then allocated US Army serial 93-0666 for rebuild as CH-47D with a new cn M3666/NL-006 and delivered to the Netherlands AF as D-666, taken on charge in Jan-1996. It is seen here with an underslung load.