24 June 2008

PR# 2008-284

ISAF Royal Netherlands Air Force helicopter achieves historic milestone

The personnel from RNLAF who contributed to the 10,000 flying hours achievement gathered together in a short ceremony Saturday (June 17) to celebrate the milestone.

Kabul, Afghanistan – A D-661 Chinook helicopter of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), nicknamed “Red October”, reached an historic milestone last week by logging more than 10,000 hours in support of ISAF.

The first Netherlands Chinook to reach this 10,000 hours milestone did so whilst on a resupply mission at Kandahar Airfield on June 17.

“The Chinook has been a proven work horse supporting forces all over the world and this aircraft has once again demonstrated its outstanding versatility in this demanding operational theatre,” said Colonel Paul Mulder, Commander of the Air Task Force. “

“Red October” received her nickname during a training flight, many years ago, where a speedboat had to be picked up. During the flight, the crew experienced some computer difficulties and the Chinook came close to becoming a submarine. The name is in reference to a fictitious submarine in the Tom Clancy novel The Hunt for Red October and the film which followed

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