The RAF operates the largest fleet of Chinook helicopters after the US Army. They are used for troop carrying and internal and external slung loads. They are capable of carrying 55 troops or ten tonnes of freight at a time. This is their main role but they are also used for search and rescue and casualty evacuation roles too.
The Chinook in this display flew in with a Land Rover and trailer slung beneath it showing just some of its role.
Once it had dropped off the Land Rover and trailer it landed quickly and deposited two more Land Rovers stored inside it.
Then as it took off it dropped off the last of its troops via abseil onto the runway.
Then back in the air it was able to show off just some of the great manoeuvrability capabilities of this wonderful helicopter.
The twin engines operating the tandem rotor blades give the Chinook its versatility in the air and allow for its large cargo capacity.
The Chinook is currently used across the World in many front line operations.