Forces of Valor 84002 US Army Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk Helicopter - Operation Iraqi Freedom, Baghdad, Iraq, 2003 (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 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 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 2012
Historical Account: "Rock of the Marne" - The 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized) - nicknamed the Rock of the Marne - is a United States Army infantry division based at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Since September 11th, 2001, units have been sent to Afghanistan, Pakistan and other Middle Eastern countries to support the designated "War on Terrorism".
Early in 2003 the deployability and fighting capability of the Marne Division was highly visible worldwide when the entire division deployed in weeks to Kuwait. It was called on subsequently to spearhead Coalition forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom, fighting its way to Baghdad in early April, leading to the end of the Saddam Hussein government. The First Brigade captured and secured the Baghdad International Airport, which also resulted in the Division's first Medalist of Honor since the Korean War, SFC Paul Ray Smith. Second Brigade, Third Infantry division made the much-publicized "Thunder Run" into downtown Baghdad. The Second Brigade was redeployed to Fallujah, Iraq during the summer of 2003. The division returned to the United States in August, 2003.
Beginning in 2004, the 3rd began re-organizing. The division shifted from three maneuver brigades to four "units of action," which are essentially smaller brigade formations. Each of these units of action engaged in several mock battles at the National Training Center (NTC) and Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), and preparation for a second deployment to Iraq.
In January 2005, the Third Infantry Division became the first Army Division to serve a second tour in Iraq. The division headquarters took control of the Multi-National Division Baghdad, MND-B, headquartered at Camp Liberty and with responsibility for the greater Baghdad area. First and Third Brigades of the Third Infantry Division were placed under control of the 42nd Infantry Division, and later under the 101st Airborne Division, in MND-North.