When you hear Army you usually don’t think of aviation; however, they enlist some impressive aircraft. My brother is currently on a tour in Afghanistan after 3 tours in Iraq. This post is dedicated to him and everyone else serving their country around the world. Enjoy all these pictures of U.S. Army aircraft in action from the men & women in service:
UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter
A Soldier exits a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in the village of Darrah-I-Bum, Badghis Province, Afghanistan Jan. 5, 2011. The Soldier was part of a cadre of personnel accompanying the International Security Assistance Force Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin L. Hill on a visit to the Marines, sailors, and Soldiers of Special Operations Task Force-West living and working in Darrah-I-Bum. U.S. Marine photo/Sgt. Brian Kester
HH-60M MEDEVAC helicopter
Army helicopter crew chiefs of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, stand outside an HH-60M MEDEVAC helicopter as it spins up on Camp Taji, Iraq, Jan. 3. The unit is the first to receive the HH-60M, which is the Army’s newest MEDEVAC helicopter.
Sicily Drop Zone on Fort Bragg, N.C.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean Hurdley gathers his parachute after a safe landing on Sicily Drop Zone on Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 11, 2010. Hurdley participated in Operation Toy Drop, which is an annual opportunity for paratroopers to earn foreign jump wings for a toy donation. The donations are for local children to help brighten their holiday season. Hurdley is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Elizabeth Concepcion
UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter
A Paratrooper with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, jumps from a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter during training Dec. 2, 2010, at Fort Bragg, N.C. At left are parachutes from the same helicopter already open. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
UH-60 Black Hawks & CH-47 Chinook
As the sun heads toward the horizon, two UH-60 Black Hawks and a CH-47 Chinook prepare to land at Forward Operating Base Connolly to pick up Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates after he visited troops at Forward Operating Base Connolly in eastern Afghanistan Dec. 7. Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs
Medal of Honor: Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta
Staff Sgt. Giunta is scheduled to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions while deployed with Battle Company’s 1st Platoon in Afghanistan’s remote Korengal Valley. It was widely considered to be one of the most difficult and dangerous assignments of the war. For more visit this site: www.army.mil/medalofhonor/giunta/index.html
OH-58D Kiowa Warriors
A Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter conducts aerial reconnaissance Nov. 8, 2010, in southern Afghanistan.
CH-47 Chinook helicopter
A group of Afghan Commandos, with 3rd Commando Kandak, and U.S. Special Forces Soldiers, with Special Operations Task Force – South, wait to board a CH-47 Chinook helicopter before an operation to rid insurgents from PanjwaÕi District, Oct. 15, 2010, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel P. Shook/Special Operations Task Force – South
U.S. Army CH-47 chinook helicopter
A U.S. Army CH-47 chinook helicopter from 16th Combat Aviation Brigade is delivering food and supplies for flood relief in the Khoistan Region, Pakistan on October 28, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jason Bushong
German C-160 aircraft
Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division exit a German C-160 aircraft over Sicily Drop Zone on Fort Bragg, N.C., Oct. 6, 2010, as part of Operation Federal Eagle during which over 800 American Paratroopers earned German jump wings. German jumpmasters aboard the aircraft lead the jump. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter
Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., boards a UH-60 Blawkhawk Helicopter in Sharana, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2010. Casey traveled to Afghanistan so he could visit deployed Soldiers and meet with ISAF leadership throughout the various regions. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
RQ-11B Raven UAV launch
Sgt. Jason E. Gerst, a Virginia Beach, Va., native, now a squad leader with 2nd Platoon, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, launches the RQ-11B Raven unmanned aerial vehicle during Raven training Oct. 5.
Raven Remotely Piloted Aircraft
U.S. Army Sgt. Adam M. Hawes, of Pittsburgh, Pa., a squad leader with the military police platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, Task Force Spartan, launches a Raven remotely piloted aircraft at Combat Outpost Garcia here Oct. 2. Hawes was one of several Soldiers taking part in a certification class for the Raven and Puma RPAs. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
UH-60 Black Hawk
A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk lands at Rubicon in Swat valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region, Pakistan, Sept. 19, 2010. The U.S. military has provided supplies and relief to Pakistani victims of floods, which have destroyed roads and forced residents from their homes. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Reese Von Rogatsz
The sun sets on a C-130 Hercules Aug. 31, 2010, as Operation Iraqi Freedom draws to a close at an air base in Southwest Asia. Operation New Dawn began Sept. 1, bringing with it a new mission focused on a strategic partnership signifying the U.S. government’s long-term commitment to the government and people of Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Dale Greer)
C-17 Globemaster III
U.S. Army soldiers from the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, arrive to Chaklala Air Force Base, Pakistan, aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in support of flood relief efforts, Sept. 1. The 16th CAB also brought two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters along with personnel.
CH-47F Chinook helicopter Serious Maneuvering
Hovering with only the rear wheels touching the edge of a cliff, pilots from Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, perform a maneuver called a pinnacle in a CH-47F Chinook helicopter during a training flight, here, Aug. 26. The pinnacle allows the pilots to drop off ground forces in areas too dangerous or too difficult to fully land in.
UH-60 Black Hawk liftoff
U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters depart from Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Diyala province, Iraq, on July 21, 2010. Black Hawks are used to transport troops that are redeploying home after serving in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. DoD photo by Spc. Brandon D. Bolick, U.S. Army.
UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters
Joint Multinational Readiness Center’s Chief Warrant Officer Richard Infusino, a Falcon Team pilot, backs up his gear after landing one of five new UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters at Hohenfels Army Airfield on Wednesday, April 21, 2010. The new helicopters will replace the post’s aging fleet of UH-1 Hueys.
C-17 Globemaster III
U.S. Army Soldiers board Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft for a static line airdrop during a forcible entry exercise on Pope Air Force Base, N.C., April 26, 2010. The Soldiers, assigned to the 18th Airborne Corps’ 82nd Airborne Division, use such exercises to train for real-world contingency operations. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Robertson
Army’s newest helicopter now flying in Europe. A member of the Falcon Team, the aviation detachment at the Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center at Hohenfels, Germany, performs a visual inspection of the JMRC’s newest aircraft on Ramstein Air Base, April 19. The UH-72A helicopter with the tail number 72100 is the 100th Lakota aircraft delivered to the Army. It will be used at JMRC’s Combat Training Center.
MQ-1C Sky Warrior aircraft landing
SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter
Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division stack supplies Jan. 16, 2010, that will be delivered to the forward operating bases in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. No room was spared, as the aircraft were packed with troops and supplies.
UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter
Flight line departure via 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
AH-64D Apache Attack Helicopter
Aviators say thanks with an American flag tucked in the bottom left corner of each crew station, an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter departs the flight line of Camp Taji, Iraq, Nov 6. Many aviators take flags with them on combat missions to send back to family, friends and organizations that have shown support for the deployed Soldiers. Photo credit: Sgt. Travis Zielinski.
Preparing Black Hawks
U.S. Army Soldiers load into two Black Hawk helicopters as they prepare to fly to a nearby town and conduct a presence patrol in Taji, Iraq, Sept. 18, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s Company F, 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Travis Zielinski
A day with Black Hawk crews
After completing training with Iraqi army soldiers, air crews from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, make a return flight to Camp Taji, Iraq, Aug. 18, 2009. The training mission focused on teaching Iraqi army soldiers how to maneuver around aircraft during an air assault – a primary mission for air crews from 3-227th. Photo by Sgt. Travis Zielinski