3 Uncommon Facts About Black Hawk Helicopters

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Sikorsky UH 60 Black Hawk parts have become some of the most desired pieces of equipment due to the prevalence of this best-known helicopter. Thanks to its prevalence in the movie Black Hawk Down from 2001, the Black Hawk helicopter has become synonymous with military use. However, this helicopter rose to prominence far before the release of this blockbuster as one of the leading customizable utility helicopters in military applications thanks to its size and speed.

But what makes this helicopter so special? Here’s what you should know about the Black Hawk helicopter.

1. It’s fast

The Black Hawk helicopter has a maximum speed of 183 miles per hour or 159 knots. This is very fast, but the Black Hawk can go even faster if you want to lose control of the machine. Its “never exceed speed” is 222 mph and should never be crested unless the pilot or its occupants are in extreme danger.

The typical cruising speed of a Black Hawk helicopter is around 174 mph with a range of 1,315 feet per minute.

2. The UH 60 was first used in Grenada

The UH 60 Black Hawk is actually fairly new in terms of aviation innovation. The United States military only began using the UH 60 in its invasion of Grenada back in 1983, seven years after the Black Hawk won a fly-off competition with the Boeing Vertol YUH 61. This established the Sikorsky Black Hawk as the top choice for the United States Army’s Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS).

3. Its name is more than cool

You have to admit, Black Hawk is a cool name. But this decision was made with a specific person in mind.

The Sikorsky Black Hawk got its name from a Native American war leader called Black Hawk. Black Hawk was the 18th and 19th-century leader of the Sauk Native American tribe in the Midwest United States. He was later the first Native American to have an autobiography published in the United States.

When you want to improve on or expand the life of your Black Hawk helicopter, you need the best Sikorsky parts to get the job done. Whether you’re looking for U-60 spare parts or the newest Sikorsky parts on the market, contact Rotair for more information.