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Turkish Army Aviation Chinooks

Güvercinlik air base near the Turkish capital, Ankara, is home to the heavy-lifters of the Turkish Land Forces. The Turkish Chinooks are an entirely different class of rotorcraft to the other light and medium transport/ utility helicopters in the army aviation’s inventory. Onur Kurç and Tayfun Yaşar joined them on exercise.

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The loadmaster looks on from the fuselage door as 16-7461 (c/n M7461) perches atop a narrow ridgeline. Initial in-country training activities were supported by a US Army Technical Assistance Field Team. All photos Onur Kurç and Tayfun Yaşar

The Kara Kuvvetleri Komutanlıgı (Turkish Land Forces) have amassed plenty of experience in helicopter-based airmobile operations. Rotary-wing units have demonstrated their importance during recent cross-border security operations such as Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch in Syria.

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