Originally Posted by jumpinjack
Wonder do they just auction them to anyone? Surely you must need some sort of helo license?? Some of the clearance auctions in the US must be great! Attachment 89533
Yes the Chinooks are ancient beasts and there's nothing classified about them. The design is also sold commercially for logging and remote utility installations.
Although if one were at US government auction it probably wouldn't be in a condition anywhere near able to fly home. More like a big collection of parts waiting for restoration. There's a very active warbird community here restoring planes and helos like this. Most only fly a few times a year -in part due to the insane fuel bills but also because for the out of production ones you have to make spare parts in a machine shop so they really never see frequent use.
Now just imagine filling the 7,800 liter fuel tank