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  1. With Blackhawk's (and presumably Seahawk's) eventual replacement on the horizon I would have thought that UH-60 procurement would be tapering off. However, from today's (27 June) DoD contract announcements: "Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $2,278,598,185 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of 120 H-60M Black Hawk helicopters and related support for fiscal years 2022-2026, including options for an additional 135 aircraft. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2027. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $478,127,856 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-22-C-0010). (Awarded June 26, 2022)"
  2. Was Sea King equipped with flotation gear? Probably a moot point since I believe it could float.
  3. Seahawk has definitely been around the block, but that doesn't seem to bother Australia, India, and other countries who keep placing orders.
  4. One hopes that Jordan would introduce some sort of striking desert camo scheme for it's new Block 70's. But probably not.
  5. Somehow I don't find it surprising that an airplane that first flew in 2015 requires less maintenance than an airplane that first flew in 1954. https://www.aviacionline.com/2022/06/embraer-c-390-beats-c-130j-in-the-netherlands-and-it-will-become-its-new-tactical-transport/
  6. This aircraft is proving to have a long service life (and customer base) despite it's age: https://www.janes.com/defence-news/air-platforms/latest/jordan-signs-loa-for-f-16-block-70s
  7. Argentina has Chinook on their wish list, but that may be all it is: https://www.defensenews.com/air/2022/06/16/argentina-chooses-to-buy-us-made-chinook-over-russian-mi-26/
  8. Looking at old photos of Vietnam War aircraft, the 30219 Tan seems to vary from a light brown to a golden tan.
  9. As far as Norway getting their money back, I wonder if that's going to happen?
  10. Wonder if Norway has identified a replacement yet?
  11. Didn't realize that things were that bad: https://www.yahoo.com/news/norway-ends-contract-nh90-helicopters-091316486.html
  12. Well, the Skyraider did pretty well in Vietnam until the SA-7 Grail appeared on the scene. With no real countermeasures available at the time, it's goose was pretty well cooked.
  13. A-1's had the somewhat unusual distinction of using aerial torpedoes against a dam in Korea: https://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/skyraiders-torpedo-the-hwachon-dam/
  14. Always thought the VNAF A-1 fuselage bands looked quite striking.
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