US Army Returning to Air Tattoo
Published: 26 Jun 2015
For the first time in several years, the US Army will be providing the Air Tattoo with two helicopters from the US Army Europe - a Boeing AH-64D Apache attack platform and a Sikorsky UH-60A+ Black Hawk configured for medical evacuation. Both will be on static display.
The US Army still maintains considerable forces in Germany, and both of these helicopters are among those assets. The Apache comes from 2-159th AVN (ARB), shorthand for the 2nd Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, stationed at Illesheim in Bavaria. There the regiment has two battalions equipped with Apaches, each composed of three companies. Illesheim is now the sole US Army AH-64 base in Europe.
The famed Black Hawk assault helicopter is the US Army's primary medical evacuation (medevac) platform, used to transport injured members of the American military to medical installations. The example coming to the Air Tattoo hails from C/1-214th AVN (AA), namely C Company, 1st Air Ambulance Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment. After many years at Landstuhl Army Airfield, co-located with the US Air Force's Ramstein Air Base, this unit is now stationed at the Army's huge Grafenwöhr Training Area in Bavaria.
The addition of these US Army assets to the Air Tattoo participation list means that three of the US armed forces will be represented at the show this year, joining the already confirmed US Air Force and US Navy.