Chinook HC5

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RAF Odiham in Hampshire received the first of eight upgraded Chinook HC5 helicopters from Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands, Hampshire on March 22. The Chinook HC5 is a Chinook HC3 upgraded with a digital cockpit, and a new digital automatic flight control system, which provides improved handling qualities and aircraft stability that in turn enhances flight safety. A Chinook HC5 can be distinguished from the HC4 and HC6 variants already in RAF service by its fatter fuel tanks.