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Photo Essay: Chinook refueling operations at Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport

Photo Essay: Chinook refueling operations at Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport

Story by Scott Sturkol on 08/26/2019

Aircrews with the 1st Battalion, 106th Assault Helicopter Battalion of the Illinois National Guard refueled CH-47 Chinook helicopters July 26, 2019, at Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport at Fort McCoy, Wis.

Three Chinook helicopters from the battalion were completing heavy helicopter operations in support training operations on post.

The CH-47 is the Army’s only heavy-lift cargo helicopter supporting critical combat and non-combat operations, according to the Army fact sheet on the helicopter.

The CH-47 has an empty weight of 24,578 pounds and a maximum gross weight of 50,000 pounds.

The helicopter also can lift intra-theater payloads up to 16,000 pounds in high/hot environments.

Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin.

The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services each year since 1984.

Learn more about Fort McCoy online at, on Facebook by searching “ftmccoy,” and on Twitter by searching “usagmccoy.”

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