This aircraft was my first helicopter love. I was lucky to receive the training in the CH-47 during Army flight school. Regardless of my biased opinion, the CH-47 Chinook is the work horse of the US Army aviation fleet. Due to it's surplus of power and vast utility capabilities, the Chinook is a great platform for all military theaters, especially warm climates and high altitudes. It is capable of personnel transport, up to 33 passengers, internal and external equipment transport.
The Chinook is also unique in comparison to other military aircraft due to it's crew composition. Two pilots and a flight engineer are required for flight. Many times the flight engineer has equivilent if not more flight experience than the pilots. This requirement enhances the crew experience level and creates a trust bound relationship.