HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Aviators from the U.S. Army Alaska Aviation Task Force at Fort Wainwright will assist the National Park Service next week by transporting equipment and supplies to set up base camps for the 2016 Denali climbing season.
CH-47F Chinook helicopters from Company B, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment will sling-load the supplies from Talkeetna to the mountain on Sunday, April 24, depending on weather. The mission also benefits B/1-52 aircrews by preparing them for high-altitude mountainous operations.
The training validates the crews’ ability to support high altitude rescue and resupply missions in Denali National Park and ensures aircrew members are trained, proficient and capable of safely executing operations at high altitudes in an austere mountainous environment.
The CH-47F is the Army’s only heavy-lift cargo helicopter supporting critical combat and noncombat operations. The Chinook has an empty weight of 24,578 pounds and a maximum gross weight of 50,000 pounds. The CH-47F can lift intra-theater payloads up to 16,000 pounds in high/hot environments.
U.S. Army Alaska is the Army’s extreme cold weather mobility, training and equipping proponent, the Army’s only conventional force trained and equipped to do this.
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