Over the past 10 years, the number of civilian helicopters in use has increased by almost 40%. But outside the world of aerospace hobbyists, flying enthusiasts, and specialized professionals, there are literally thousands of military helicopters in use. Of all the magnificent helicopters used by the military, the Sikorsky BlackHawk helicopters are among the most powerful and impressive.
Incredible Facts About the Black Hawk Helicopter
Speed: With two powerful General Electric engines giving it its strength, the Black Hawk possesses an amazing cruising speed of 174 miles per hour.
It also has a rate of climb of 1,315 feet per minute, and a service ceiling of 19,000 feet.
Range: The Black Hawk has a range of up to 1,381 miles, with a combat radius of up to 368 miles.
Lift capacity: With its external cargo hook, the Black Hawk can lift an object weighing as much as 8,000 pounds.
Typical mission: The primary function of a Black Hawk is to carry troops and provide logistical support. Besides having the ability to perform medical evacuations, it may be configured to conduct special services, including search and rescue, command and control, armed escort, electronic warfare, and executive transport missions.
Typical crew: The ideal crew for a Black Hawk helicopter consists of two pilots and two chiefs or gunners.
Armament: The Black Hawk has a qualified launch platform capable of carrying 16 Hellfire missiles, as well as AIM-92 Stinger air-to-air missiles. If pintle mounts are included, some versions of the helicopter can carry .50 caliber or 7.62mm machine guns in the windows.
Compact for transportation: In spite of its impressive power and functionality, the Black Hawk can be disassembled to fit inside a C-130 Hercules for transportation.