Indonesia to buy Boeing’s F-15 jets, Lockheed’s Black Hawk helicopters
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Indonesia to buy Boeing’s F-15 jets, Lockheed’s Black Hawk helicopters

MELBOURNE, Australia — Indonesia has committed to buying Boeing-made F-15 Eagle fighter jets and Sikorsky-made Black hawk helicopters. Air Vice Marshal Yusuf Jauhari, who leads the Defense Facilities Agency within Indonesia’s Defense Ministry, and Mark Sears, who serves as Boeing’s vice president and program manager for fighters, signed a memorandum of understanding on Aug. 21…

Poland gets green light to buy Apache helicopters
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Poland gets green light to buy Apache helicopters

WASHINGTON — The State Department has cleared a sale of 96 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters worth about $12 billion to Poland, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Aug. 21.

The decision comes after the Polish Ministry of National Defence sent a letter of request to the U.S. government nearly a year ago to buy the Boeing-made helicopters for its armed forces.

The Bell UH-1 Huey Helicopter
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The Bell UH-1 Huey Helicopter

In 1952 the US Army specified a requirement for new helicopter to serve as a medical evacuation, helicopter trainer, troop transport and general utility helicopter. Of the twenty companies that submitted designs, Bell Helicopter won the bid in late 1953 to build the first 3 prototypes based on their Model 204 design. The first flight of the XH-40 was October 20th, 1956 at Fort Worth, Texas and Bell was commissioned to build the first 100 HU-1A helicopters in March 1960, officially named Iroquois. While its official name is rarely used, the helicopter was nicknamed the Huey and the name stuck even after the US Army changed its designation to UH-1 “Huey” Helicopter.

Army Helicopter Pilots Are Specially Trained

Army Helicopter Pilots Are Specially Trained

Army helicopter pilots are specially trained for combat missions and flying in challenging conditions. Becoming an army helicopter pilot must be one of the most exciting careers there is. You could be ferrying troops or ammunition in a Chinook helicopter, scouting in a Kiowa, working special operations in a Black Hawk helicopter, or controlling the…

Harnessing the Huey: The Emergence of Tactical Air Mobility
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Harnessing the Huey: The Emergence of Tactical Air Mobility

In the 1960s, the US Army began experimenting with the use of helicopters to enhance tactical air mobility. Major General Harry Kinnard,Kinnard, an ardent aviation advocate, led the 11th Air Assault Division at Fort Benning, Georgia. Colonel Delbert Bristol led the 10th Air Transport Brigade, with a shared mission to maximize the helicopter’s battlefield impact.

The Huey Helicopter as a Medevac in Vietnam
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The Huey Helicopter as a Medevac in Vietnam

Helicopters were instrumental in the Vietnam War. The challenging terrain made land travel difficult. Moreover, long distances involved complicated things further. However, helicopters, particularly the Huey, changed the game. This article will explore how the Huey Helicopter became a crucial part of Medevac missions in Vietnam.

More CH-47 Chinook Helicopter History

More CH-47 Chinook Helicopter History

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook Helicopter has a storied history. Initially developed as an expansion of the Vertol Model 107, it was favored by the Army. Why? Because of its substantial carrying capacity. Its prototype took to the skies on September 21, 1961, and the Army welcomed the CH-47A Chinook in 1972.

These large twin rotors, combined with a roomy fuselage and cutting-edge turboshaft engines, provided a level of airlift ability previously unseen. Furthermore, the design of the Chinook’s fuselage is primarily free from obstructions, housing the engine and gearbox in pylons and fuel in side pods.

Boeing Chinook Helicopter Performance Video
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Boeing Chinook Helicopter Performance Video

This video demonstrates the multiple uses of the Chinook CH-47 Helicopter.  The Chinook may look like a lumbering giant, but this video will change your opinion of the Chinook Dual-Rotor Helicopter.  The CH-47 goes through some powerful moves and you quickly realize that even the Chinook pilots get to have some serious fun with their machines.

Bell Huey Helicopters in Combat
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Bell Huey Helicopters in Combat

The Bell UH-1 Helicopter played an unprecedented role in the Vietnam War, earning the reputation of the most crucial military aircraft. Serving various purposes, including troop transport, armed attacks, and medical evacuations, the Huey accomplished over 36 million sorties during the war. It revolutionized the battlefield in three distinctive roles – as “slicks,” “gunships,” or “dustoffs.”

Unbelievable Chinook Helicopter Extraction Video
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Unbelievable Chinook Helicopter Extraction Video

Extreme Chinook Helicopter Troop Extraction. This is totally insane and the pilot is awesome!  It looks like this was a video taken by a US Soldier in the Middle East.  The Chinook Pilot definitely has some serious piloting skill and confidence.  I can’t imagine how hard it would be to hover the Chinook on it’s tail and allow the soldiers to load from the rear.

A New Huey Helicopter for the Yanks Air Museum
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A New Huey Helicopter for the Yanks Air Museum

After many years of searching for a UH-1H Huey Helicopter to add to the Yanks Air’s collection, on August 31, 2013 the museum has received its first model. Yanks received this aircraft through the US Forestry Service. The museum will display the Huey as the entrance into the Vietnam era. The Huey is one of the most extraordinary aircraft of our time. Officially the UH-1 series is the Iroquois.

History and Evolution of the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter

History and Evolution of the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter

The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter is known for its resilience and robustness. The image of this helicopter streaking across the skies where military forces have deployed is ingrained in our collective memory. Notwithstanding the tragic events depicted in the movie ‘Black Hawk Down’, the Black Hawk helicopter continues to serve as a steadfast workhorse across all theatres of operations.

Introduction to the Iconic Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter

Introduction to the Iconic Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter

The U.S. Army identified the need for a Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS). They aimed at replacing the UH-1 Iroquois. For this purpose, the Sikorsky Model S-60 came into the picture. The first flight of the prototype took place on October 17, 1974. The Army intended to order 2,260 units of what became the UH-60 Black Hawk. However, budget limitations led to reducing the order down to 1,400 units. The first Black Hawk entered service in June 1979.

Masterpiece of Military Aviation: The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter

Masterpiece of Military Aviation: The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter

Welcome to a comprehensive journey of understanding the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. In this article, we will explore its inception, its various models, and the distinct roles it plays in the military. Prepare to unlock the rich history and extensive capabilities of this groundbreaking aircraft.

Fly in a Huey Helicopter While In Cape Town
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Fly in a Huey Helicopter While In Cape Town

This is an awesome video of the Huey Helicopter.  The video is of a ride that’s available in Cape Town, Africa.  The riders get to ride in a Huey that’s flown as a pilot would have flown in the Vietnam War.  The video is well put together and has some great inside and outside shots of the Huey Helicopter.

I know I want to get to Cape Town and go for a ride!  Looks like a ton of fun!

Modern Military Helicopters Have To Fly Faster

Modern Military Helicopters Have To Fly Faster

Since the military started using helicopters at the end of World War II, the performance of the helicopters has not seen great increases. The major changes to existing military helicopters have been on the ‘inside’ with better communications, advanced weapon capability and durability. Today’s military relies on the Apache and Black Hawk helicopters that are expected to remain in service until the late 2030s. The Apache helicopter has been in service since 1986, the Black Hawk since 1979, and even the smaller Kiowa helicopter has been in service since 1966.