Designed in 1972 the UH-60A entered service with the U.S. Army in 1979, to replace the Bell UH-1 Iroquois as the Army’s tactical transport helicopter. Since the dawn of the helicopter, right here at 550 Main Street / Sniffens Lane in Stratford, Connecticut has in some way been involved with the front line US Army helicopter program. Starting with the Sikorsky R-4, Powering the UH-1 Iroquois or Huey with the Lycoming T-53, to the current Sikorsky Black Hawk. Today we will look at some powerful images shot by US Armed Forces Photographers of the UH-60 in Action.
Flight line departure
A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter swiftly departs the flight line during dusk on Camp Taji, Iraq, Jan. 11, 2010. The helicopter is assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, which conducts aviation operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to support U.S. and Iraqi forces. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Travis Zielinski
The Michigan Army National Guard uses a bambi bucket, an aerial firefighting tool suspended below a helicopter, to extinguish a fire 10 miles from Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Mich., Aug. 8, 2007. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Helen Miller)
Iron Hawk 14 on April 13th, 2014, near Tabuk, Saudi Arabia.
UH-60 Black Hawks flown by Company A, 3rd Battalion, 238th General Support Aviation Battalion, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), and the Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF) 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Group, take off after releasing troops for an air assault during the culminating event of Exercise Friendship andIron Hawk and Friendship 14 involved U.S. Army forces from the 42nd CAB, New York Army National Guard, and 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Saudi Arabian ground and aviation forces. Over weeks of practice the two militaries focused on improving their joint operating capabilities, integrating infantry, armor, and aviation assets from both countries in the final event on April 13th, 2014.
The 42nd CAB, composed of National Guardsmen from New York, Michigan, Delaware, Indiana, and Kentucky, and soldiers from 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, is currently deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and conducts joint partnerships and exchanges with nations from across the region. (N.Y. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Harley Jelis/Released)
Members of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, come in for a dust landing with Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 25th Stryker Brigade Combat Team during an air assault training mission led by the Kandahar Air Wing and Afghan National Army in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on Feb. 29, 2012. DoD photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, U.S. Army.
Black Hawk boarding
A U.S. Army soldier waits to board a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on Camp Liberty, Baghdad, Iraq, April 9, 2009. The Black Hawk helicopters transport both passengers and logistical equipment throughout the Iraqi theater.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Whelan
A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade “Warriors”, 1st Cavalry Division, takes flight, stirring up the snow as it passes over another Black Hawk helicopter in Afghanistan Dec. 21. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard Wrigley, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Division Public Affairs
A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Brigade, California National Guard takes on water to drop on the Witch Fire in the Poway area of California Oct. 25, 2007. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Robert A. Pack)
U.S. Army Maj. Robert Kneeland, right, the commanding officer of the 45th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kevin W. Jordan, prepare to do a run up on a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, May 17, 2007. Run ups are done to ensure that all equipment and the helicopter itself are properly working before conducting missions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Maryalice Leone)
An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, top, and a UH-60 Black Hawk take to the skies after collecting water from Paradise Lake in Butte County, Calif., July 11, 2008, during a firefighting mission. More than 1,000 Army and Air National Guardsmen and 20 aircraft have mobilized to help fight wildfires in Northern California. The Pave Hawk is from the 129th Rescue Wing, California Air National Guard out of Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., and the Black Hawk is from 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, California Army National Guard out of Los Alamitos, Calif. DoD photo by Sgt. Robert Davison, U.S. Army. (Released)
Black Hawk Ride
U.S. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III and International Security Assistance Force U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Capel depart from Combat Outpost Bari Alai on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, April 3, 2012. Chandler presented combat infantryman and action badges to soldiers assigned to the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, for their successful suppression of an insurgent attack on their outpost. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Harper
Snow in Afghanistan
A UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter with A Company, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade gets run up to ensure mission readiness during a snow storm on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan Dec. 27. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)
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