Thursday, February 08, 2007

Aero India offered Air chief-designate Air Marshal Fali Homi Major the toothsome opportunity of flying the American CH-47 advanced multi-mission helicopter and he decided to go for it.
Shortly before his flight on Thursday, Air Marshal Major told Hindustan Times: "I am looking forward to it. I have never flown the Chinook before".
The Boeing Chinook is a tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter that meets the tactical and combat support requirements of military forces aroundthe world.
The peculiar looking helicopter is involved in logistics supply and ferrying troops in Afghanistan and Iraq for the allied forces.
Aerospace and defence firms are in Yelahanka for the airshow are offering demonstration flights to senior officers in their frontline fighters.
The Chinook is one of the contenders for the 40 heavy-lift helicopters that the IAF is seeking to acquire in the near future.
When Major takes over as the air chief on March 31, he will become the first helicopter pilot to lead the air force.
08/02/07 Rahul Singh/Hindustan Times

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