How did military rotorcraft start off the month? Here are just some examples of what the aircraft were up to from April 1-7.
Happy Birthday, HMLA-369
Two Bell Helicopter AH-1Z Vipers with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 369 “Gunfighters” fly during a live-fire demonstration on U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California April 1. The unit conducted the demonstration as a part of HMLA-369’s 45th anniversary celebration and family day. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps
A Boeing CH-47F Chinook assigned to 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade maneuvers with a sling-loaded M1114 Up-Armored Humvee from 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team during a sling-load training event at Saunders pick-up zone on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, April 4. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army
Crouching Cougar, Hidden Soldier
Mandated by the Engineering School and the Command of the Light Air Army, fire personnel recently trained with the 5th attack helicopters regiment to develop the support genius to aercombat. Objective: in view of the rapprochement between the two weapons initiated by the recent redesign of the army, it is now necessary to evolve the doctrines, the procedures and the equipment of the sappers when they intervene in a common maneuver. This photo of a French Army Eurocopter AS532 Cougar was posted April 5 by the Armee de Terre via Twitter.
Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Eugene Williams, assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde, signals a Bell Helicopter UH-1Y Huey after it delivers supplies during a vertical replenishment April 5 on the Mediterranean Sea. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy
With all 140 aircrew and engineers that make up 820 NAS having served on HMS Ocean over the last six months, the focus now shifts to prepare for Carrier Operations on board the largest ship in Royal Navy history. Just before the ship entered its home port of Plymouth's Devonport dockyard, the 820's two Leonardo/Lockheed Martin Merlin Mk2 aircraft "hopped" off as it sailed past the Squadron's Cornish base. This photo was posted April 5 by the Royal Navy.