Chinook retrieves damaged Griffon from remote training area

A large helicopter in flight, with a smaller helicopter suspended below it, attached by a long cable.
The Chinook is underway back to 4 Wing with the Griffon slung underneath and the drogue chute fully filled with air, thereby steadying the smaller helicopter. PHOTO: Master Corporal Amy Martin, AE05-2019-0007-041

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A Royal Canadian Air Force CH-147F Chinook helicopter and crew recently undertook a most unusual mission – slinging and transporting an RCAF CH-146 Griffon helicopter.

In mid-December 2018, the Griffon sustained moderate damage when a main rotor blade struck a communication tower while flying in the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range (CLAWR) at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta. No-one was hurt, but the helicopter’s blade and transmission were damaged and it could not be flown back to base.

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