Chinook Challenge!

What a sight! Two mighty Chinook helicopters approach their Landing Zone (LZ) at low level! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
What a sight! Two mighty Chinook helicopters approach their Landing Zone (LZ) at low level! (Image © Dennis Spronk)

A challenge? Yes, it was indeed! From October 29th until November 1st, the DHC (Defense Helicopter Command) of the Royal Netherlands Air Force conducted an exercise together with the soldiers of the Air Mobile Brigade. Main objective is to train the helicopter pilots for their possible missions around the world.

On Thursday October 31th, an old brick factory along the river Lek, near Rijswijk (Gelderland province, The Netherlands), was the main target. Four AH-64 Apaches flew as air cover when Chinooks of the latest F-version ferried the Air Mobile Brigade soldiers in and out. AIRheads↑FLY was there, and took the challenge to get some interesting shots of the mighty Grizzly’s (which is the callsign of the RNLAF 298 Squadron Chinooks). Mission accomplished!

The new CH-47Fs are painted in a grey camo, as is already visible on this picture. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
The new CH-47Fs are painted in a grey camo, clearly visible in this picture. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
From the backdoor, a gunner is checking the area! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
From the backdoor, a gunner is checking the area. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Unloading the soldiers for their mission. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Unloading the soldiers for their mission. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
After the soldiers accomplished their mission, both big boys got to the scene again to pick up them up again. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
After the troops accomplished their mission, both choppers got to the scene again to pick up them up. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
While the first soldiers enter the first Chinook, the second one is seconds away from touchdown. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
While the first soldiers enter the first Chinook, the second one is seconds away from touchdown. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Fully loaded, waiting to take off again. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Fully loaded, waiting to take off again. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Isn't she beautiful? Yes she is! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Isn’t she beautiful? Yes she is! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Bye bye, have a safe flight back home! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Bye bye, have a safe flight back home. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Bye bye to you also, number 2!
Bye bye to you too, number 2!

© AIRheads’ editor Dennis Spronk

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