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This MH-47G has a thick, long rod at the bottom left front. What's the purpose of this thing?

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This is the In flight refueling probe, which can be used for refueling while the helicopter is airborne:

MH-47G
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It is almost 9 meters long to make sure the rotors do not hit the refueling drogue. You can see it in action in the following picture:

Refueling
(image source: chinook-helicopter.com)

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