Cal Guard aviators to conduct training flight over LA basin

Pilots and aircrew members from the California Army National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, will conduct a training flight Friday, July 31, around the Los Angeles basin.

The unit will fly ten U.S. Army UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in formation along the coast before turning inland for a return to their home station at Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, in north Orange County.

During the flight, aircrew members will conduct recurring training in multi-ship formation flying operations. It is the culminating event of the unit’s yearly summer training period.

The 1-140th AHB is an agile National Guard aviation unit which serves dual roles in performing missions at home and abroad. In addition to deploying for combat operations overseas, the unit also deploys in support of state agencies during disaster response missions in California. In recent years, Soldiers from the 1-140th activate to drop water on wildfires including, in recent years, both the Thomas Fire and Camp Fire. Soldiers from the unit also flew hoist rescue missions during 2018’s deadly mudslide in Montecito.

This article was released by the California National Guard.