US Army Black Hawk helicopter to make Kuressaare overflight Friday

A Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk in flight over Estonia, in an undated photo.
A Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk in flight over Estonia, in an undated photo. Source: EDF/Kaitsevägi

Residents of Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, will be able to see and hear a United States Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter on Friday, regional daily Saarte hääl reports.

U.S. pilots normally based at Taara, Võru County, will be making the flight to the other end of the country, and the itinerary will include a landing on Kuressaare Hospital's helipad.

The flight takes place on Friday, September 22, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Saarte hääl reports.

The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a large military utility helicopter brought even more into the limelight thanks a 2001 Ridley Scott-directed movie, based on a real-life incident in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993.

The Black Hawk has been in service since the late '70s and variants have been developed for the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, while international operators include both Latvia and Lithuania (deliveries pending).

A Black Hawk serving with the 351st Civil Affairs Command of the United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) USACAPOC(A) was also involved in scouting out possible medevac landing sites in and around Tallinn Thursday.


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