This is the oldest non-operational production CH-47 Chinook.



             60-03451 (originally 60-3451), Boeing build number B-010, was a HC-1B helicopter. The U.S. Army acceptance date was 8 December 1962. The administrative strike date was 11 April 1975. 60-03451 accumulated 1,619.0 aircraft hours.

   60-03451 was one of the first production configured aircraft, manufactured as a result of expansion of contract AF33(600)39452 to include an additional five HC-1B production aircraft (60-03448, 60-03449, 60-03450, 60-03451, 60-03452).

   After production, 60-03451 was bailed to the U.S. Army for Phase F testing. Following completion of those tests, 60-03451 was reallocated for service use and assigned to an unknown unit.

   In July 1962, the Department of Defense redesignated all U.S. military aircraft to a new system. All HC-1B helicopters became CH-47A. 60-03451 received the designation as a JCH-47A, where the J stood for Joint, as a result of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army cooperation in developing the aircraft.

   At some point, 60-03451 was transferred to the Army Aviation Museum, located at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

   As of 6 January 2011, this aircraft was one of the three surviving, although non-operational, CH-47A helicopters (60-03451, 61-02408, 64-13149 ("Guns-A-Go-Go")) located within the continental United States, and one of two surviving CH-47A model helicopters with dual wheels on the aft landing gear.

    As of today, the last known location of 60-03451 is Fort Rucker, Alabama.

   Aircraft status: Museum exhibit.



             In speaking about the last flight of 60-03451, Colonel Kenneth C. Kleine, retired, reported: "I was fortunate enough to have flown 60-03451 from Stockton to Fort Rucker on its last flight. When we landed at Guthrie Field, next to the museum, the aircraft was running like a top. No problems to even write up."



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