147003 CH-147 Chinook
first date: 10 March 1975 - Taken on strength
US serial 74-22060 assigned, never marked while with Canadian Forces. With 450 Squadron, CFB Uplands, Ontario. Detached to St. Jean, PQ to support Montreal Olympics security in summer of 1976. Took part in flying display at 1978 International Air Show, Toronto, Ont. Later with No. 447 (HT) Squadron at CFB Edmonton, Alberta. Took part in Canadian/US/RAF mountain flying exercise at Vernon, BC in September 1980. To CFB Gagetown, NB in June 1981 for Exercise RV 81 with this Squadron. Converted by Boeing to CH-47D from 1994, new US serial 93-0661, conversion number M.3661, new company number B725. Delivered to R. Netherlands Air Force on 3 August 1996, their serial number NL001, later D-661. Named "Red October", after a near "incident" during water landing trials. Operated by 298 Squadron. Supported UN operations in Ethiopia and Eritrea in 2001, and in the Former Yugoslavia in 2002. Still active January 2009.
last date: 7 January 1992 - Struck off, returned to US
first date: 26 June 1970 - Renumbered from RCAF KG455
Built as Mk. III, reported later as Mk. IV. Ex USAAF C-47A-10-DK, serial number 42-92664, ex RAF KG455. With No. 448 Squadron at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta. With Canadian Forces Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg up to June 1971. To Canadian Forces Flying Training Standards Unit at Winnipeg on 1 July 1971. To No. 429 Squadron at Winnipeg on 1 April 1972. May have been struck off on 10 November 1975, or this could be date withdrawn from use. Preserved at Canadian Airborne Forces Museum, Petawawa, Ont., in camouflage.
. . . From this point, the "Silver Eagles" were composed of seven demonstration pilots and 30 ground staff. A De Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou support cargo aircraft painted in "Silver Eagles" colors was also assigned to the team.
In February 1973, the "Silver Eagles" received official status as the United States Army Aviation Precision Demonstration Team and they performed 52 airshows in 18 states.
In February 1975, LTC Benjamin B. Powell, Jr. assumed the leadership of the "Silver Eagles". Later that year, the team made its international debut in Ottawa, Canada. In total, 62 air demonstrations were made until the end of 1975 season.
In the middle of 1976, the Department of the Army decided to disband the team at the end of the show season. On 21 November, the "Silver Eagles" OH-6A helicopters flew at the "Blue Angels" Homecoming airshow in Pensacola, Florida. The team then performed its final show at its home field of Knox Field, Ft. Rucker, AL, on November 23, 1976. This had been the 75th performance of the 1976 show season.
Overall during the "Silver Eagles" existence, they performed before more than 10 million spectators at more than 220 airshows in 30 states and two Canadian provinces. In 1975, the team had been recognized by the Army Aviation Association of America (Quad-A) as the most outstanding aviation unit in the Army.