Sikorsky S-70A-9 Black Hawk of 5th Aviation Regiment
280 x 355mm or canvases ordered to customer's size
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The first aircraft I flew operationally in the Australian Army was the Black Hawk when I was posted to A Squadron, 5th Aviation Regiment.
It was a great aircraft; very versatile... and while I would go on to find my true aviation love, the CH-47D Chinook, the Black Hawk will always hold a special place in my heart.
Designed as a replacement for the venerable UH-1 Iroquois (Huey), the design had to feature the capability that it could not be brought down by a single bullet. As a result, the aircraft had double and triple redundancy in many of its components and the manner in which it was constructed meant that for field repairs, you could get away with having 12 tools to do most of the servicings.
In 1992, to celebrate 5th Aviation Regiment's achievement of operational status, the unit held a massed airmobile of 25 aircraft including Huey gunships and Kiowa scout helicopters.
We landed in two places in Townsville and the image below shows one of the landings in Thuringowa Central. I was flying in the third section and I've annotated it in the image. Great times!