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In the film Act of Valor, two helicopters are used to airdrop troops and their boats onto a river. (Clip here.)

  • Firstly can you identify the aircraft?
  • Second, what is the extremely long probe on the front? It looks to be half as long as the actual helicopter!

My initial guess would be some type of Chinook and refueling probe but that's purely guessing. Can anyone verify or correct?

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    $\begingroup$ I swear it is an MH-47 special missions helicopter, because of the refueling probe? Can anyone back me up on this? $\endgroup$ – anonymous Jun 28 '17 at 13:38

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By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robyn Gerstenslager [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Yes, it looks to be a Boeing CH-47 Chinook. Above is a photo from Wikipedia showing an Army Chinook with a Navy SWCC boat attached to the external cargo hook, looking almost exactly like in the movie.

And yes, the probe is the refueling probe. It needs to stick out from under the rotors, to prevent the rotors from accidentally cutting the fuel hose. (Although it doesn't prevent this from happening.)


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