Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk -101st Aviation Rgt, 5th Btn US Army, Southern Iraq 2003
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale US35902: Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk of 101st Aviation Rgt, 5th Btn US Army, Southern Iraq, 2003. Limited Edition of 2,210 Pieces, intended primarily for US only issue.
Length 8.25 inches Rotorspan 9 inches
The 101st airborne Division (Air Assault) boasts the largest fleet of rotary wing aircraft in the world, with the 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, being just one of the three UH-60L Assault Battalions in the Division. In February 2003 the Battalion was ordered to deploy to the Persian Gulf for the upcoming offensive action. Not knowing when that operation would begin, the Battalion had to load the equipment already prepared to roll off the ships and launch straight into combat. This is exactly what happened. All ground support forces were loaded ready for combat. The soldiers of 5-101st Aviation Regiment met the equipment in Kuwait in early March and crossed the Iraqi Berm as part of the first forces into the country on March 22, 2003. The aircraft followed, quickly moving at a record pace, 5-101st Aviation Regiment remained the mainstay form transporting combat forces on time and on target mission, leading to the taking of Karbala, a key city in the defense of Baghdad. The history of the distinctive ‘Lancer’ insignia which adorns this helicopter dates back to the Vietnam War. Today’s current unit traces its lineage back to the 158th Aviation Regiment of the 1960s, when the unit’s aircrew had this horses head embroidered onto patches which were worn on their uniforms in order to set them apart. Fast-forward to 2003, and today’s modern day ‘Lancers’ are no different. They too wear the Lancer head with pride. When all the helicopters of the 101st Airborne Division ( Air Assault) arrived in Kuwait, there were over 115 UH-60 Blackhawks in the same area. In order for crews to quickly locate their aircraft on the flight line, 5-101st decided to paint the modern day Lancer insignia on the nose of each aircraft
Designed as a better-performing, more reliable replacement for the UH-1 Huey, the UH-60 Black Hawk was first flown on November 29, 1974. The Black Hawk was one of the first aircraft to use the General Electric T700, a common turbine engine designed for use in multiple Army helicopters. This four-bladed, twin-engined, medium-lift aircraft has a low-profile shape so that it can be transported aboard the C-130 Hercules. It also has greater survivability than the helicopter it replaced, with advanced avionics and electronics such as the Global Positioning System (GPS). The Black Hawk also serves as Marine One when transporting the President of the United States.