Do you ever get asked to play Trivia? There are always questions that are asked and you respond “I didn’t know that!”. This article is about the Black Hawk Helicopter and some basic trivia for all of us to know.
This sleek machine is a four blade, twin engine aircraft manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft. It has two T700 GE engines on it and costs between 5 and 21 million dollars. At this price not everyone will be able to purchase more than one. The Black Hawk was chosen by the US Army over the Boeing Vertol YUH-61 and entered service in 1979. However the first flight was on Nov. 29, 1974. There were a total of 4000 units built. There are 4 versions of the helicopter, including a VIP version (VH-60N) that is used for government officials. This includes “Marine One” on which the President travels.
In 1987 the engines were upgraded to the T700 GE engines and the external lift capacity increased from 8000 lbs to 9000 lbs. This modified version (UH-60) was used in the Osama bin Laden mission in 2011. This version also included a modified tail section with extra blades on the tail rotor along with other modifications to reduce noise. There was also technology that was used to allow it to avoid the Pakistan Air Force radars.
A UH-60 Black Hawk can carry up to 11 troops and their equipment. It can carry 10,000 lbs of rockets, missiles or gun pods.
The Black Hawk is not only owned by the United States of America. There are several other countries that have acquired these powerful aircraft. Colombia uses their UH-60’s to combat drug and guerrilla organizations. Mexico uses their units for drug trafficking. The Republic of China purchased the UH-60’s for search and rescue missions. Turkey and United Arab Emirates also procured their units through a Foreign Military Sale.
As you can see there is a lot of interesting Trivia to learn about the Black Hawk Helicopter. The fun part of this is that you can own and fly one if you desire. Through the vast world of RC Helicopters you too can fly this big bird. In summary here are a few facts that you might want to keep in mind just in case your asked that question:
Crew: 2 pilots, Length: 64 feet 10 inches, Rotor diameter: 53 feet 8 inches, Height: 16 feet 10 inches, Empty weight: 10,624 lbs, Loaded weight: 22,000 lbs, Never exceed speed: 193 knots (222 mph, 357 km/h), Cruise speed: 150 kt (173 mph, 278 km/h).
Now you can say “I know that!” Enjoy.