The Chinook is an old machine, even by helicopter standards, but that doesn’t make it less versatile. It was introduced in 1962 as one of few tandem rotor heavy-lift machines and quickly became a favorite of the U.S. military and other organizations in need of heavy lifting and fixed-point hovering.
The fact that this machine is a tandem rotor means it lacks a tail rotor, so it can perform something most its siblings can only dream of: pinnacle landings. That would be a maneuver that allows the helicopter's rear end to be lowered on limited-area surfaces, like say rooftops or cliffs, while the front of the helicopter is still in the air.
Then comes the loading capability of the Chinook. The machine has a lot of room inside and three exterior hooks that help it carry externally a wide variety of loads, including guns and military vehicles. According to Boeing, the Chinook can lift up to 28,000 lbs (12.7 metric tons) of cargo, “including thousands of gallons of water” to fight fires.
Boeing released the video celebrating the Chinook shortly after Honeywell Aerospace was chosen to keep supplying new and spare T55 engines for the helicopter until 2024. That’s the powerplant that currently powers the model, capable of developing 4,800 shaft horsepower and allowing the aircraft to reach speeds of 196 mph (315 kph).