*** First Chinook to Fly. ***



             59-04983 (originally 59-4983), Boeing build number B-002, was a prototype YHC-1B helicopter. The U.S. Army acceptance date was 24 April 1964. The administrative strike date was 1 March 1970. Aircraft hours are unknown.

   On 21 September 1961, 59-04983 was the first Chinook to fly. Piloted by Vertol test pilot Leonard La Vassar, the first flight lasted about 15 minutes.

   In July 1962, the Department of Defense redesignated all U.S. military aircraft to a new system. All YHC-1B helicopters became YCH-47A.

   At some point, 59-04983 was assigned to Fort Eustis, Virginia, where it was utilized as a training device in the 67U maintenance course.

   As of 11 April 1975, the last known location of 59-04983 was Fort Eustis, Virginia.

   Aircraft status: Unknown.



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