About This File
Here is the Boeing Armed Cargo Helicopter 47-A, or more commonly "Guns A Go-Go".
The ACH-47A was originally known as the Armed/Armored CH-47A (or A/ACH-47A). It was officially designated ACH-47A by US Army Attack Cargo Helicopter and unofficially Guns A Go-Go. Four CH-47A helicopters were converted to gunships by Boeing Vertol in late 1965. Three were assigned to the 53rd Aviation Detachment in South Vietnam for testing, with the remaining one retained in the US for weapons testing. By 1966, the 53rd was redesignated the 1st Aviation Detachment (Provisional) and attached to the 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). By 1968, only one gunship remained, and logistical concerns prevented more conversions. It was returned to the United States, and the program stopped.
The ACH-47A carried five M60D 7.62x51 mm machine guns or M2HB .50 caliber machine guns, provided by the XM32 and XM33 armament subsystems, two M24A1 20 mm cannons, two XM159B/XM159C 19-Tube 2.75 in rocket launchers or sometimes two M18/M18A1 7.62×51 mm gun pods, and a single M75 40 mm grenade launcher in the XM5/M5 armament subsystem (more commonly seen on the UH-1 series of helicopters). The surviving aircraft, Easy Money, has been restored and is on display at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
The player has at his command the two 20mm cannon, two 19-tube rocket pods, and a 40mm grenade launcher. There's lots of ammo for the cannon and grenade launcher. She packs a serious punch for 1966!
Like the Hawks, she is relatively easy to fly on "normal" mode, which SF helicopters are tuned for. You can hover, fly backwards and sideways, ascend verticaly etc. It takes some practice and skill but is definately doable. Pinnacle landings are hard but can be done. You get what you put in, so if you practice you will be rewarded.
The bird has a full set of lights, including landing lights and a searchlight which are activated/deactivated by the "G" landing gear key.
Included are two real Chinook wav files, you can pick which one you like. Listen to them IN GAME, as the game plays them correctly whereas the likes of Windows Media Player does not.
Another nice effect is that if your bird is destroyed a nice Chinook wreck will be your funeral pyre!
Place the ACH-47A folder into your Aircraft folder.
Place the CH-47EA-Dam.bmp and ACH-47A-Destroyed.LOD into your Aircraft folder.
Place the 20mmGo, HeloGunnerL, HeloGunnerR, LAU-3A_Mk40_M151 and XM-8 folders into your Weapons folder.
Place the FakePilot, GoAmmoCrate, GoBench, GoGrenade, GoP, GoPylon, Helopilot 1 and Helopilot2 folders into your Pilots folder.
Place the Chinook and Chinook4 wav files into your Sounds folder.
Place the Loading wav file in your Flight folder.
You will need to copy over the CH-147-R0g.LOD from the A-Team Chinook mod. If you do not already have it, get it from the A-Team Skunkworks site.
CREDITS (a LONG list of contributors):
A-Team for Chinook Mod. Note my skin is best possible with current model limitations. It represents the four ACH-47A's: Easy Money, Birth Control, Stump Jumper and Co$t of Living.
Thanks to the following:
The BANIDOS TEAM for the most excellent damaged Chinook.
Kevin "Wrench" Stein for Hangar/Loading Screens I used as a base.
Daniel "Kesselbrut" Himmel for the cockpit, Helo Pilots and Helo Gunner.
Dmtdragon for the flare/chaff positions etc. I've left them on, probably not historical, use them if you wish.
331KillerBee for the 20mm Cannon, LAU Rocket launcher, AUF2 pylon, Crate, SUU13, ATFLIR, Matra rocket, and XM-8.
Anyone else I have missed, apologies.
Thanks to all.