Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk

Overview

The successor to the Vietnam-veteran Bell UH-1 "Huey", the Sikorsky UH-60 first flew in 1974 and was christened the Black Hawk. It has become one of the most versatile and successful utility helicopters ever in service and has been used widely, from the invasion of Grenada to the conflict in Somalia and the ongoing Operation Iraqi Freedom.

An attack helicopter configured with missiles, rockets, machine guns and cannon the Black Hawk is also capable of undertaking a wide range of...

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Overview

The successor to the Vietnam-veteran Bell UH-1 "Huey", the Sikorsky UH-60 first flew in 1974 and was christened the Black Hawk. It has become one of the most versatile and successful utility helicopters ever in service and has been used widely, from the invasion of Grenada to the conflict in Somalia and the ongoing Operation Iraqi Freedom.

An attack helicopter configured with missiles, rockets, machine guns and cannon the Black Hawk is also capable of undertaking a wide range of missions on the battlefield, including troop transport, command and control and aeromedical evacuation.

Although the Black Hawk is most recently associated with the disaster in Mogadishu, this book looks past Hollywood interpretations to investigate the design, development and operations of arguably the most important helicopter in the world today, with fantastic full-color digital artwork and up-to-date information about the BlackHawk's role in Iraq. Also examined are the more unconventional missions the BlackHawk has been used in, from drug-busting operations in South America to peace-keeping operations around the world.

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"It is a superlative primer on the subject and makes not only for a great read but for a great reference for enthusiasts and modelers alike. One I liked a great deal and I know you will as well."- Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (July 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841768526
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/17/2008
  • Series: New Vanguard Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,378,636
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Bishop has worked in packaging and book publishing since the early 1980s. Amongst his many projects are the Illustrated History of the Vietnam War and Vietnam Airwar Debrief. The author lives in London, UK.

Ian Palmer is a highly experienced digital artist. A graduate in 3D design, he currently works as a senior artist for a leading UK games developer. Besides his artistic interests he is also a keen musician and motorcyclist. He lives in West London with his wife and three cats.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     4
Development     6
Variants     11
UH-60L
UH-60M
UH-60 Firehawks
Electronic Hawks
A2C2S
VH-60
UH-60Q MEDEVAC
Special operations Hawks
MH-60K
Air Force Hawks
MH-60G Pave Hawk
Future Hawks
Black Hawks in Action     27
Grenada: Operation Urgent Fury
Panama: Operation Just Cause
Iraq: Operation Desert Storm
Somalia: Operation Continue Hope
Haiti: Operation Uphold Democracy
The Balkans
Afghanistan: Operation Enduring Freedom
Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Humanitarian relief
Black Hawk Operators     40
Japan
Australia
Israel
Saudi Arabia
Turkey
Miscellaneous
Appendix     45
Index     48
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