Gary's Combat Aircraft Reference Guide

FM 44-80:  UH-60A


Country of Origin: USA.
Similar Aircraft: Aircraft. Hirundo A109, Mi-24 Hind, Mi-8 Hip, Puma.
Crew: Two.
Role: Assault-transport (11 equipped troops), multipurpose.
Armament: Hellfire missiles, machine guns, rockets, mine dispensers.
Dimensions: Length: 51 ft (15.25 m). Rotor diameter: 53 ft, 8 in (16.9 m).


The UH-60 Blackhawk is a twin-turbine-engine, single-rotor utility helicopter with a tricycle-type landing gear. It has a four-blade main rotor system. The UH-60 is used mainly for tactical transport of troops, supplies, and equipment. It is also used for training, mobilization, medical evacuation, mine setting, and development of new and improved concepts.

Eight combat-equipped parachutists can jump from this aircraft. On missions requiring a window gunner, the maximum number of parachutists is reduced to six. Static line parachute operations require a static jumpmaster. The indicated airdrop speed of the aircraft should not be less than 65 knots or more than 75 knots, with 70 knots being optimum speed. The minimum jump altitude is 1,500 feet above ground level.


Wings: Four-blade main rotor with swept-back tips mounted on top center of fuselage.

Engine(s): Two turboshaft engines within a hump on top of fuselage. Semicircular air intakes. Oval exhausts.

Fuselage: Slender, rectangular fuselage tapers to the rear. Rounded nose with stepped cockpit. Fixed landing gear.

Tail: Boom tapers to a high, swept-back fin with tail rotor on right. Large, unequally tapered flat mounted low on the fin.


Colombia, Israel, Spain (SH-60), USA.

More UH-60 Art

FM 1-112:  UH-60A Dimensions
GTA 44-2-18:  UH-60A Front
GTA 44-2-18:  UH-60A Side
GTA 44-2-18:  UH-60A Bottom
GTA 44-2-10:  UH-60
FM 1-114:  UH-60
FM 3-21.220:  UH-60A