US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Quonset Point, RI

Blackhawk Helicopter Flight Operations


On 14 June 2003, the Sea Cadets of NCBC Division celebrated Flag Day by joining with the helicopter pilots and crew of 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, Rhode Island Army National Guard. The Cadets flew off in two of the US Army's UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, flying over the length and breadth of the Ocean State. Of particular interest were maneuvers practiced by the Guard while they are accomplishing their all-too-necessary duties of Homeland Defense. The capabilities of the Blackhawks and their crews were readily apparent to all the Cadets, particularly in their load-carrying capacity - the aircraft were packed to the gunwales with Sea Cadets.

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Last briefing before we mount up.
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Ear plugs - a must-have accessory.
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A "Huey" floats by as we prepare for takeoff.
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A window works as good as a door.
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Airborne - and out the side door...
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...what a view.
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Wickford Harbor, as we ascend.
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Wickford Point.
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Crossing lower Narragansett Bay.
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It's not called "The Ocean State" for nothing.
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FORRESTAL (l) and SARATOGA (r) .
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FT Adams, guarding Newport Harbor.
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Salve Regina University.
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The Breakers.
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The Rosecliff Mansion.
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Marble House.
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Over Newport harbor, heading west.
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The Exec takes in the view.
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On patrol over the Scituate Reservoir.
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Note the angle (by his left elbow).
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A hard turn to port yields this perspective.
 




 
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