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RAF completes flight tests of Mk6 Chinook

23rd August 2013 - 11:40 GMT | by Jonathan Tringham in London

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The Royal Air Force (RAF) has completed final testing of its first Chinook Mk6 helicopter, with the assistance of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD).

Testing of the Mk6 helicopter took place on 10 August over the airfield at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, with RAF crews checking the airframes new digital Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS).

NAWCAD employees provided assistance to the RAF under a commercial service agreement with Boeing. With sloped landing pads, manoeuvring courses and heavy lift stations, NAS Patuxent River offered ideal testing conditions for the AFCS.

The Mk6 Chinook features advanced technology including

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