FRIDAY FOTO (April 22, 2016)
Thirty-two OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters with the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade — the last U.S.-based Kiowa squadron– conduct a flyover during a farewell flight above Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Under the Aviation Restructuring Initiative (ARI) — a cost-saving program to fund future development and acquisition of helicopters — the Army is divesting its OH-58 Kiowa Scout helicopters. The Army is replacing them with active duty AH-64 Apache attack helos and pairing them with unmanned aircraft.
The 1st Squadron will deploy to Korea this summer. When it returns, it will be switching over to Apaches.
The April 15 flyover served as a final “thank you” and farewell to the residents of the Fort Bragg and the Fayetteville, N. C. community. To learn more about the flyover, the Kiowa Warriors and the people who flew them, click here to read an article co-authored by our friend and colleague, Drew Brooks of the Fayetteville Observer, (via Stars and Stripes).
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