Brazilian Air Force Black Hawk Reaches 30,000 Flight Hours
Brazilian Air Force (FAB) UH-60L Black Hawk fleet achieved the milestone last week. Sixteen H-60L, as they are called, began service in 2006 first with Harpia squadron and Pantera in 2011
Forca Aerea Brasileira, August 01, 2017 - In the last week of July, the H-60L Black Hawk helicopter reached 30,000 hours of flight time at the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB).
The aircraft has already been employed in several missions such as armed reconnaissance, aerial transport, search and rescue, special forces insertion and others.
The Chief of Operations of the Harpia Squadron (7th/8th GAV), Major Aviator Leonardo Ell Pereira, consider this a number one achievement for the FAB.
"Achieving the 30,000 flight hours is the fulfillment of the mission based on the dedication and professionalism of all those involved", he says.
Major Ell further highlights how the helicopter cooperates to carry out the FAB mission.
"In these 11 years of operation of the Black Hawk, the Air Force, through its air squadrons, operators of this robust and effective vector, has saved lives, alleviated the suffering of many people and mainly fulfilled its primary mission, which is enforce sovereignty of the airspace and to integrate the national territory, with a view to the defense of the homeland", he adds.
The utility helicopter, manufactured by the American Sikorsky Aircraft, is twin-engine. The engines have a total power of 3,680 hp and the aircraft has cruising speed of 280 km/h. The H-60 has a flying time of 6 hours 10 minutes carrying a load of one ton.
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Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk in Força Aérea Brasileira
7º/8º GAv - Esquadrão Harpia Força Aérea Brasileira ( Brazilian Air Force )
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