February 11, 1987
The Army has completed inspecting a grounded fleet of 750 AH-1 Cobra helicopter gunships and returned them to service after replacing more than 100 main rotor blade fittings, a spokesman said. The last inspection was completed Jan. 29 "and all of the copters are back on line," said Jim Wittmeyer, a spokesman for the Army's Aviation Systems Command.
April 20, 1988 |
The United States has ended its search in the Persian Gulf for the two crewmen and their Marine helicopter and the men were officially declared missing, White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said today. Iran claimed it hit the helicopter gunship, sending it plunging afire into the Persian Gulf Monday after U.S. forces launched assaults on Iranian oil platforms and fighting erupted between U.S. and Iranian forces. The helicopter was presumed to have crashed Monday, Pentagon officials said.
August 7, 1985 |
An American pilot was killed Tuesday when his U.S. Army helicopter crashed 30 miles west of Cairo during U.S.-Egyptian military exercises, the Defense Department said. An Egyptian military observer aboard the AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter was injured. The Pentagon said the cause of the crash has not been determined.
May 25, 1995 |
McDonnell Douglas Wins Netherlands Order: The Royal Netherlands Air Force agreed to buy 30 AH-64D Apache military helicopters made by McDonnell Douglas Corp., a contract valued at $648 million. Dutch air force officials signed a letter of offer and acceptance with the U.S. government for the armed helicopters. The Dutch Parliament selected the helicopters last month after an evaluation that included Textron Inc.'
August 14, 1990
Five Southern California bass are mobilizing troops and equipment for a coordinated deployment to the Persian Gulf. The forces are part of the 7th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, a rapid-deployment force that combines air, land, naval and amphibious units. An estimated 3,000 to 5,000 Marines from El Toro and Tustin are reportedly committed to the Middle East deployment, known as Operation Desert Shield.
April 15, 2003
The North: The allied presence in Mosul, Irbil and Kirkuk is reinforced by 173rd Airborne Brigade and the arrival of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Operations remain focused on finding regime leaders and searching key facilities. Special operations and conventional forces spread throughout the northern oil fields have secured all the fields. One oil fire is still burning.