Chinook HC2 / HC2A / HC3 The Chinook is a tandem-rotored, twin engined medium- lift helicopter with a crew of four. It can carry up to 45 fully equipped troops or up to 11 tonnes of equipment either internally or under-slung. A number of Chinook HC2 helicopters have recently been updated to HC2A standard with modifications to increase the strength of the airframe. The Chinook HC3 is the RAF version of the US MH-47E Special Operations Chinook The Chinook HC3 can be distinguished from the HC2 by its larger fuel sponsons and longer nose.
Chinook HC2 / HC2A Technical Data ROTOR DIAMETER 18.29M LENGTH 15.54M (HC2) 15.9M (HC3) CREW 4 MAXIMUM SPEED157kts (291km/h) at max. weight ENGINES 2 x Avco Lycoming T55-L-712 turboshafts (HC2) 2x Honeywell 55-GA-714 turboshafts (HC3)
Merlin HC3 / HC3A Merlin HC3 is operated by 28 Sqn (HC3) and 78 Sqn (HC3A) at RAF Benson Merlin replaced the Westland Wessex in RAF service Six Merlin HC3As were purchased from the Royal Danish Air Force in 2007 to provide additional capacity on operations in Afghanistan Main visual difference between HC3 and HC3A is that they have different noses.
The Puma entered service in the RAF in 1971. It has auto pilot, a heated, ventilated and sound-proofed cabin, retractable undercarriage, and modern navigation and search systems. The Puma has many roles but in the RAF it is used as a tactical transport and support helicopter with a casualty evacuation capability. It can carry 16 fully equipped troops, or 6 stretchers and 6 sitting patients. A 3,200 kgs under-slung cargo can be carried. The tailboom, rotor blades and wheels can be removed to allow transportation in a Hercules to any theatre of operation.
Puma HC1Technical Data ROTOR DIAMETER 15.1M LENGTH 14.1M CREW 3 MAXIMUM SPEED142kts at max weight 158kts when lighter ENGINES Two Turbomeca Turmo turboshafts
Griffin HT1 / HAR2 Reporting NameGriffin Role Letters & MarksHT1 / HAR2 RoleHelicopter Training & Search & Rescue
The Griffin HT1, a training helicopter, it is operated within the Defence Helicopter Flying School, a combined operation by FR Aviation, Bristow Helicopters and SERCO, to train helicopter pilots for all three services. First entered service in 1997, civilian contractor owned and operated. Manufactured by Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, the essentially similar Bell 212s are operated by Brunei.
Griffin HT1 / HAR2 Technical Data ROTOR DIAMETER 14.02M LENGTH 12.92M CREW 2 MAXIMUM SPEED258km/h (161mph) ENGINE Two Pratt & Whitney PT6T-3D turboshafts
Squirrel HT1 Reporting NameSquirrel Role Letters & MarksHT1 RoleHelicopter Training