HUNTSVILLE, AL. (AP) - Army officials have unveiled a Kiowa Warrior helicopter display at Redstone Arsenal.
The Huntsville Times reports that officials in the Armed Scout Helicopter office on Friday dedicated the display to 49 fallen Kiowa pilots. A plaque with the pilots' names is incorporated into the display.
Retired Lt. Gen. William H. Forster said the single-engine, two-seat Kiowa has outperformed every expectation on the battlefield.
The Kiowa made its debut in Vietnam in 1969 and was intended to be a temporary solution while a new generation of scout attack aircraft was developed. But its nimbleness and range of capability have made it the workhorse of Army Aviation despite its age.
The "Kiowa on a stick" static model was built from bits and pieces that were no longer flight-worthy.