Forces of Valor 80006 US Army Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter - 101st Airborne Division [Air Assault], Kuwait, 1991 (1:48 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
The Black Hawk is the Army's front-line utility helicopter used for air assault, air cavalry, and aeromedical evacuation units. It is designed to carry 11 combat-loaded, air assault troops, and is capable of moving a 105-millimeter howitzer and 30 rounds of ammunition. First deployed in 1978, the Black Hawk's advanced technology makes it easy to maintain in the field. In addition, modified Black Hawks operate as command and control, electronic warfare, and special operations platforms.
Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of a US Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that was flown by the US Army's 101st Airborne Division [Air Assault]. Comes equipped with stubby wings capable of handling various types of ordnance (two auxiliary fuel tanks and two pylons of four Hellfire missiles). Also features sliding side access doors, opening engine compartment, and spinning rotors.
Length: 13 inches
Rotor Span: 16.22 inches
Release Date: June 2003
Historical Account: "Screaming Eagles" - In 1990, over 1,000 Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters were involved in the early staging of Operation: Desert Shield. On February 15th, Desert Shield evolved into Desert Storm; the campaign to liberate Kuait from Iraqi occupation. The Black Hawk proved it's metal by hauling troops, equipment and supplies throughout the complete theatre of war. The Black Hawks carried Special Operations forces deep into Iraq, evacuated the wounded & captured enemy soldiers, deployed artillery, and rescued downed aircrew. Black Hawks hauled members of the 101st Airborne deep into Iraq to outflank the entrenched enemy. With mission capable rates in excess of 85%, the Black Hawk was deemed one of the most reliable aircraft platforms during all of Desert Storm. Early system modifications included new "hard points" for external stores support system, and the non-lifting wing mod enabled the Black Hawk to carry four 230 gallon or two 450 gallon external fuel tanks for greater range operations.