Earl, a former Chinook pilot from the Vietnam War, looked at the machine and marveled at it, nostalgically. He always spoke highly of the Chinook, despite the complaints may pilots brought up about its age. As we saw the Chinook taxi by, I knew that he wanted to take the F-model Chinook up for a spin just once.
Fast-forward a few years later, and the CH-47F is now being fielded to units across the Army. I have to get a look inside this thing, as I hear that the new glass cockpits are pretty sweet. I also hear it has a new helicopter smell, too. This might actually be a hyperbole, as I'm told they're not really new helicopters, but rather, upgraded D-model aircraft (which, in many cases, are upgraded C, B, and A-model aircraft).
And, as an added note, this leaves us in the UH-60 Black Hawk community as the only ones who don't have a glass cockpit yet.