Bluebirds and whirlybirds

FirstGBRf celebrates the classic Chinook design and its crews.


PROUDLY WEARING THE name Chinook, and emblazoned with the badges of 7, 18 (B) & 27 Squadrons (the three Royal Air Force units to operate the twin-rotored Boeing helicopters), Class 66/7 ‘Bluebird’ No. 66723 sparkles in the sun at First GB Railfreight’s Finedon Road Depot, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, on September 2nd, 2008.


Royal Air Force CH-47D Chinook HC-2, call sign ZA270, of 18th Squadron, roars over First GB Railfreight’s Finedon Road Depot, in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, on its final approach before landing. The crew were part of a contingent from RAF Odiham, Hampshire, taking part in a FirstGBRf locomotive naming ceremony on September 2nd, 2008, which saw Class 66/7 No. 66723 named Chinook.


Dust flies everywhere as ZA720, a Boeing Vertol CH-47D Chinook HC-2 of 18th Squadron, RAF Odiham, in North Hampshire, takes off from First GB Railfreight’s Finedon Road depot, Wellingborough, on September 2nd, 2008. The iconic helicopter was on its way to Harringworth Viaduct, near Corby, to take part in a joint FirstGBRf/Royal Air Force photo shoot with newly named Class 66/7 No. 66723 Chinook.


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