UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopters land at Joplin Regional Airport for potty break Thursday

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These Black Hawk helicopters are traveling from Fort Bliss near El Paso Texas to Fort Drum  in upstate New York.  Routine maneuvers is what we determined quickly, like getting gas!  Or taking a potty break. 

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A message from Shannon Becker of Joplin News First… I was able to chat for about 10 minutes to a soldier. He filled me in on the bevy of Black Hawks in Joplin. He said they had been in Louisiana yesterday. But had left earlier this morning from El Paso at Fort Bliss.

“We are in Missouri? Man it’s cold,” he said.

There are 13 Black Hawks in this immediate group. He said they travel in small groups. This is just a bathroom and gas break. They will be back in the air quickly and to St Louis where they will spend the night.

Then the final leg of the trip takes them home where these Black Hawks are stationed, Fort Drum, New York. Which is just south of the Canadian border.

WHAT IS A UH-60 BLACK HAWK HELICOPTER [WIKI]

The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky submitted the S-70 design for the United States Army‘s Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS) competition in 1972. The Army designated the prototype as the YUH-60A and selected the Black Hawk as the winner of the program in 1976, after a fly-off competition with the Boeing Vertol YUH-61.

Named after the Native American war leader Black Hawk, the UH-60A entered service with the U.S. Army in 1979, to replace the Bell UH-1 Iroquois as the Army’s tactical transport helicopter. This was followed by the fielding of electronic warfare and special operations variants of the Black Hawk. Improved UH-60L and UH-60M utility variants have also been developed. Modified versions have also been developed for the U.S. NavyAir Force, and Coast Guard. In addition to U.S. Army use, the UH-60 family has been exported to several nations. Black Hawks have served in combat during conflicts in GrenadaPanamaIraqSomalia, the BalkansAfghanistan, and other areas in the Middle East.

A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to the Colorado Army National Guard flies to perform a water drop while fighting the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo., June 12, 2013 130612-Z-UA373-388.jpg


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