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Chinook overnight stop makes quite an impression PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

An overnight stop of an MH-47G Chinook last week brought a lot of lookers out to the Imperial Airport.
Rob Aslesen and his wife Rebecca, who own Aerial Farm Services headquartered at the airport, are friends with the rig’s chief pilot, CW4 Michael Rutledge of Seattle, who with a crew of four others was flying the Chinook cross-country.
The U.S. Army crew is part of the 160th Special Operations Regiment that left Lexington, Ky., and was headed to Ft. Lewis, Wash., when it stopped for the night here.
When it arrived about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, and before it left the next morning, Aslesen said a lot of people from the community had the chance to tour the huge interior of the Chinook.
A good-sized group was on hand Wednesday for its take-off after Aslesen provided some fuel for the unit. The Chinook was headed to North Platte from here, where it planned to fully refuel.
Other crew members with Rutledge included SSG Nick Krause, SSG Mike Cushman, SFC Adam Sept and CW4 Will Green.