Massive US Army Helicopters “Invasion”: World Record for OH-58 Kiowa Last Flight

Submitted by John “Waldo” Pepper. In April 2016 the last of the Army’s OH-58D’s made their final flight for the U.S. Army, this time with the 1-17th Cav.

In May 1970 A Troop, 3/17th Cav ‘Silver Spurs’ received their first OH-58A’s to replace the reliable OH-6A Cayuse Scout helicopter.

In May 2015, the 3-17th made their final flight with the OH-58D’s which is shown here on our blog. – Bear.


“More than 30 OH-58D Kiowa warriors from the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division flew (over Fort Bragg) in formation for their last flight under US Army commandment (The Kiowa will be replaced by the AH-64 Apache Helicopter and UH-72 Lakota). This huge large formation flight was a World Record.”

“Videos credit: Sgt. David Birchfield, Sgt. Kelly Simon.
Thumbnail credit: Kenneth Kassens, modified by Daily Military Defense & Archive.”


About Roger Young

Roger "Bear" Young served with the Silver Spurs as a Scout crew chief and Line Chief from Dec '69 through Nov '70. Upon his return to the "world" he served at Hunter AAF as a Cobra Periodic Inspection team leader. He founded the Spur website in Sept 1997.
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