RAF Chinooks supporting French Operations in Mali, pass 2,000 flight hours

The Chinook detachment of the Royal Air Force (RAF) has announced it has logged 2,000 flights hours in its support of French troops in Mail, the RAF said.

Of the 2,000 hours, nearly 340 hours have taken place so far this year, lifting 247 tonnes of freight and transporting 1,150 passengers.

RAF Chinooks began operating in Mali with the French military during July 2018 and since then have moved over one-thousand tonnes of freight and over twelve-thousand passengers.

Currently, the CH-47 Chinooks are being flown by aircrew drawn from 18(B) Squadron and are supported by ground-based personnel drawn from across the Army and RAF who carry out three to four-month tours.