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Got a few nice shots of the MH-47, thought I'd share them:

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When the unit and the Chinook crews made history:

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I get messages with questions about this photo, here are the infos associated with it.

Operation Mount Hope III was a secret American operation to capture a crashed Soviet-made Mi-24 “Hind” attack helicopter. The aircraft had crashed and been abandoned in a conflict between Libya and Chad. In 1988 two U.S. MH-47 Chinooks of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment flew almost 500 miles at night to the site and lifted the helicopter out without being detected. The mission was conducted entirely within Chad, with the approval of the government of Chad.

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American Special Forces Soldiers assigned to 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) conduct fast rope training at Damyang, Republic of Korea Mar. 19, 2009 with members of the ROK Army’s 11th Special Forces Brigade. Fast rope training requires Soldiers to rappel from a helicopter as it hovers. The Okinawa, Japan-based Green Berets are providing a small element to train with their ROK counterparts for annual exercises called Key Resolve and Foal Eagle. The goal of the exercises is to test and maintain military capabilities of both nations in a combined effort to defend the Republic of Korea against external threats. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Kosterman/1st SFG(A) PAO)

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An American Special Forces Soldier assigned to 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) jumps from an MH-47 Chinook helicopter during maritime operations training near Chinhae, Republic of Korea Mar. 20, 2009 with members of ROK Special Operations Forces. The training required Soldiers to enter water, re-group as a team with their equipment operational and conduct a follow-on mission. The Okinawa, Japan-based Green Berets are providing a small element to train with their ROK counterparts for annual exercises called Key Resolve and Foal Eagle. The goal of the exercises is to test and maintain military capabilities of both nations in a combined effort to defend the Republic of Korea against external threats. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Kosterman/1st SFG(A) PAO)
 

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NEAR CHINHAE, Republic of Korea -- Crew members throw a rope ladder out the back of a U.S. Army MH-47 helicopter from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) to retrieve members of the 320th Special Tactics Squadron from the water during an infiltration/exfiltration training mission here March 20 during Foal Eagle 2009. Foal Eagle is an annual combined training exercise for U.S. and Republic of Korea forces to evaluate and improve their ability to coordinate procedures, plans and systems necessary to defend the ROK. The 320th STS is deployed from Kadena Air Base, Japan, and the 160th SOAR is deployed from Fort Lewis, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo by James D'Angina)

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NEAR CHINHAE, Republic of Korea -- Members of the 320th Special Tactics Squadron jump into the water from the back of a U.S. Army MH-47 helicopter from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) during an infiltration/exfiltration training mission here March 20 during Foal Eagle 2009. Foal Eagle is an annual combined training exercise for U.S. and Republic of Korea forces to evaluate and improve their ability to coordinate procedures, plans and systems necessary to defend the ROK. The 320th STS is deployed from Kadena Air Base, Japan, and the 160th SOAR is deployed from Fort Lewis, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo by James D'Angina)

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OVER THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA -- A U.S. Army MH-47 helicopter from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) lines up to refuel from a 17th Special Operations Squadron MC-130P Combat Shadow during a training mission here March 30 during Foal Eagle 2009. Foal Eagle is an annual combined training exercise for U.S. and Republic of Korea forces to evaluate and improve their ability to coordinate procedures, plans and systems necessary to defend the ROK. The 17th SOS is deployed from Kadena Air Base, Japan, and the 160th SOAR is deployed from Fort Lewis, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Cram)

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OVER THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA -- A U.S. Army MH-47 helicopter from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) connects to a drogue refueling pod from a 17th Special Operations Squadron MC-130P Combat Shadow during a refueling training mission here March 30 during Foal Eagle 2009. Foal Eagle is an annual combined training exercise for U.S. and Republic of Korea forces to evaluate and improve their ability to coordinate procedures, plans and systems necessary to defend the ROK. The 17th SOS is deployed from Kadena Air Base, Japan, and the 160th SOAR is deployed from Fort Lewis, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron
 
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