February 20, 2009
By Jennifer L. King, 405th AFSB PAO
Although the ship's ramp entrance is cavernous, CH-47 Chinook aircraft barely fit through the opening and must be carefully loaded to avoid damage.
Tugging aircraft up the ramp is only the first step in mission success. Once in the ship's hold, the aircraft must be maneuvered around the ship's support beams and staircases, as well as internal ramps.