Rockford Scanner Sources are reporting:
Two Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Are Flying In The Area
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Attention Aviation Fans:
Two Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk Were Flying In The Area
Around 4:05 pm, Two Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters were flying in our area
The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-blade, twin-engine, medium-lift utility military helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft.
The UH-60 entered service with the U.S. Army’s 101st Combat Aviation Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division in June 1979. The U.S. military first used the UH-60 in combat during the invasion of Grenada in 1983, and again in the invasion of Panama in 1989. During the Gulf War in 1991, the UH-60 participated in the largest air assault mission in U.S. Army history with over 300 helicopters involved.
U.S. Army UH-60s and other helicopters conducted many air assault and other support missions during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The UH-60 has continued to serve in operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine (OAM) uses the UH-60 in its operations specifically along the southwest border. The Black Hawk has been used by OAM to interdict illegal entry into the U.S. Additionally, OAM regularly uses the UH-60 in search and rescue operations.
Highly modified H-60s were employed during the U.S. Special Operations mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden during Operation Neptune Spear on 1 May 2011.
UH-60M Black Hawk: Improved design wide chord rotor blades, T700-GE-701D engines (max 2,000 shp or 1,500 kW each), improved durability gearbox, Integrated Vehicle Health Management System (IVHMS) computer, and new glass cockpit. Production began in 2006 Planned to replace older U.S. Army UH-60s.
UH-60M Upgrade Black Hawk: UH-60M with fly-by-wire system and Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) cockpit suite. Flight testing began in August 2008
Initial reports are saying the Two Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters took off from the Madison area.
Sources told us that is where they are stationed at.
Then flew down to the Rockford Airport,
(Probably for flight training)
Then headed back North towards Madison.
One of the many great features about the Rockford Airport:
It hosts all types of aircraft, including military.
Think of it as: An all year round airshow!
We are told there is a L-39 that should be in flight soon.
It is headed to the Rockford Airport, from the SD area.
The Rockford Airport hosts several L-39’s!
The Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer designed and produced in Czechoslovakia by Aero Vodochody. It is the most widely used jet trainer in the world; in addition to performing basic and advanced pilot training, it has also flown combat missions in a light-attack role. Unusually, the aircraft never received a NATO reporting name.
A large Boeing 747 is reported to be scheduled to take off shortly after 5 PM today.
An Allegiant Air just landed, so be careful of a lot of pedestrian traffic in the area.
Other aircraft that are currently reported to be at the Rockford Airport:
Get your cameras ready and have fun!
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