Category Archives: Helicopters

Images show that parts of U.S. Army 160th SOAR MH-60M that crash landed off Okinawa were covered to hide some details

A Special Operations Black Hawk performed a “hard-deck landing” on the USNS Red Cloud off Okinawa, Japan.

Seven military were injured after an MH-60M Black Hawk helicopter belonging to the U.S. Army’s 160th SOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment) performed a “hard-deck landing” on the USNS Red Cloud, 20 miles off Okinawa, Japan.

Aerial footage broadcast by several media outlets showed the helicopter (coded “63”) with part of its tail broken off: screenshots posted on Social Media (special thanks to @AbraxasSpa) shows that main and tail rotors were covered, most probably to hide some details (maybe noise reduction devices and other interesting sensors) of the Special Operations helicopter.

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Therefore, not a Silent Hawk like the one involved in the Abbottabad raid to kill Bin Laden, but a highly modified chopper with plenty of details that is better to keep away from cameras.

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Screenshots via @AbraxasSpa


Swiss Air Force helicopters crossed the border with France to collect water for thirsty cows

Swiss Air Force Cougar helicopters have crossed the border to collect water for cattles.

A really weird and unexpected incursion into the French airspace took place at the end of July.

According to what “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” (“NZZ”), two Swiss Air Force Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma helicopters equipped with bambi buckets collected more than 50,000 liters of water from Lac des Rousses border lake, in France.

Although the Swiss Air Force requested permission to enter the French airspace to the French Air Force, the local authorities and police were caught by surprise by the cross-border incursion that almost led to a diplomatic upset.

Swimmers and fishermen enjoying the waters of the lake, located in the Jura mountains, in eastern France were particularly startled by the unexepcted arrival of the choppers.

Newsworthy, the Swiss military helicopters were involved in a larger operation that saw the military pumping water for livestock from Swiss lakes for over a week. In fact, thirsty cows produce less milk, of particular concern in the mountainous Jura region of France and Switzerland where milk is used by producers to make prized cheeses are produce.

H/T to Jan Hildebrandt for the heads-up

Image credit: Wiki



Cool Shot of a Mil Mi-17 Hip helicopter firing 57 mm rockets

57mm rockets fired by an Azerbaijani Air Force Hip gunship.

The Azerbaijani Air Force is believed to operate a fleet of 35-40 Mil Mi-17 utility helicopters.

The Hip choppers can also operate in the gunship role carrying 57mm rocket launchers: the photo in this post shows a Mi-17 firing S5 rockets from medium altitude during a live firing exercise.

Image credit: Azerbaijan Air Force


Watch this insanely low-flying Ukrainian Mi-17 helicopter buzz cars on highway

You can’t fly lower than this!

The following video, filmed by a car dash camera, shows a Ukrainian Mi-17 Hip helicopter buzzing the cars on a highway somewhere near Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine’s fourth largest town, in the central-eastern part of the country.

Ukrainian helicopters, especially Mi-24 Hind gunships supporting the war against pro-Russia separatists, mainly operate at very low altitude where they can be more effective but at the same time they become more vulnerable to anti-aircraft fire: several Hind helicopters and many other Ukrainian aircraft have been shot down by MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems) in eastern Ukrainian during clashes with Russia-backed militia.

H/T to Foxtrot Alpha for digging up this video


Dramatic footage shows Russian Mi-28N gunship crashing at airshow

A Mi-28N Havoc gunship has crashed in Russia during an airshow.

A Russian Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter crashed during Aviamix airshow at Ryazan airbase, southeast of Moscow, Russia.

The gunship was taking part in an aerial display with other 3 (or 5 according to some sources) Mi-28s when it started to spin and steeply fall towards the ground until it crashed and caught fire. According to the first reports, one of the crew members has died, while the other one was severely injured.