This 03-03730 is a rebuilt CH-47D, once serialled 85-24355. That's the reason the aircraft has two c/n's assigned, M3730/M3125. The helicopter belongs to the 3-160th SOAR, normally based at Fort Campbell (KY)
A Special Operations Chinook of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), or 3-160th SOAR, based at Fort Campbell (KY) seen during a hover test flight over deployment location Kandahar (Afghanistan).
The MH-47 Special Operations Chinook is the primary heavy lift transport helicopter for the US Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment "Nightstalkers". The MH-47G differs from its CH-47 sister models by its black color scheme and its incorporation of combat systems and a refueling probe designed to make the helicopter more survivable on missions deep in enemy territory (and during nighttime).
The California Aviation Classification Repair Depot (AVCRAD) used this C-7A Caribou as a transport aircraft to get the necessary spare parts for Army helicopter to the depot. It was seen in full back light at the Army depot at Fresno, but modern technology made (photoshop) it possible to make a quite okay digital picture out of it. The Caribou was sold to Costa Rica as MSP002 in the early ninetees. It was also reported as TI-MSB at San Jose in April 1993. By late 2014 the C-7A was withdrawn from use and seen at Liberia airport in Costa Rica.
I was invited to fly with the US Army Parachute team, the Golden Knights. The Fasten your seat belts sign is lit but with two open doors so close, there was no chance of me not doing so. Many thanks to the team for a great time.
During the Cold War this Beaver served with the Berlin Brigade Aviation Detachment in West Germany, and was used to patrol the Berlin Wall. In this photo the blue Berlin Brigade badge can be seen on the fuselage. This brigade was the last US Army unit worldwide to use the Beaver.