US Army Sets Massive Helicopter Formation Record
The U.S. Army launched a record-breaking formation flyover of 32 OH-58D Kiowa Warriorsfrom the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade during a farewell flight at Fort Bragg, N.C.
The flight marked what is likely to be the retiring helos' last flight over Fort Bragg because the Regiment will move from Bragg to South Korea after a nine-month deployment this summer.
The unit will switch to the more modern Apache helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicles for its scouting missions. The OH-58 has been in operation since 1966.
The Army said the flyover set an apparent Guinness World Record for "Largest Helicopter Formation." The command is working with Guinness to verify the record flight. The previous record of 30 helicopters was set on Jan. 6 over Baghdad, Iraq, in an event organized by Iraqi pilot Fareed Lafta according to Staff Sgt. Christopher Freeman.
The final flyover also served as a thank you to the community, as well as a tribute to the men and women who flew and worked on the helicopter.