Boeing 234 Chinook: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

The Boeing 234 Chinook is the civilian variant of the CH-47 Chinook military helicopter.

The Boeing 234 Chinook is a twin engined tandem rotor heavylift helicopter, mainly used for moving very heavy equipment. The helicopter has three external cargo hooks for underslung loads. The current military version is the CH-47F Chinook. With the introduction of the CH-47F, there are a number of CH-47D Chinooks coming from the military and being converted for civilian use. It is also known as the Boeing Vertol BV-234.

Mission: Oversized loads such as cranes or towers, logging, any large structures, is able to transport large number of people

First Flight: September 1961

Fleet: Over 1,200 (all variants)


Max speed: 170 knots (196 mph/315 kmh)

Cruise speed: 130 kts (149 mph/ 240 kmh)

Range: 450 miles (741 kmh)


Max take-off weight: 50,000 lb (22,680 kg)

Empty weight: 23,500 lb (10,185 kg)

Loaded weight: 26,680 lb (12,100 kg)

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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