The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter whose primary roles are troop movement, artillery placement and battlefield resupply.
It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external ventral cargo hooks.
It is one of the few aircraft created in the 1960s – along with the fixed-wing Lockheed C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft – that remains in production and frontline service, with more than 1,200 built to date.
One of the challenges of Afghanistan is the country’s mountains and rough, uneven terrain.
Normally, helicopters need even terrain and decent conditions to be able to land and operate.
That’s what makes this video so remarkable.
Here, a Chinook helicopter performs pinnacle landing extraction in Afghanistan.