Decided to dig out a project I had long abandoned... But seeing that the 25th anniversary is coming up, I decided to continue work on it.
I am talking about the MH-60L Black Hawks and perhaps the AH-6 Little Bird used during "Operation Gothic Serpent" in Mogadishu 1993. If you're not aware of any of these names, it's the battle portrayed in the movie "Black Hawk Down".
So what exactly is the goal here?
Represent the individual Black Hawks with the proper equipment used during the mission and try to display the different bird with their real life markings as close as possible. The Black Hawks used the callsign Super Six-X (X stands for a number from 1 - 8 ).
During the mission, Super Six-1 Thunderstruck and Super Six-4 Venom were shot down. Super Six-2 Black Widow was hit by an RPG, tearing off most of its right side gunner station and blowing off the gunner's leg in the process.
The plan is to make a basic mission Black Hawk as base model, since the aircraft were more less identical. The specific equipment and markings will probably be added as tuning parts to save file size and have all helicopters in one file so to say.
Plan is to recreate at least (Aircraft model, serial number, name given by crew, callsign)
MH-60L 91-26324 "Thunderstruck" Super 61
MH-60A 83-23882 "Black Widow" Super 62
MH-60L 89-26188 "Venom" Super 64
Those were the most prominent aircraft so to say... With 61 and 64 being shot down and 62 inserting troops to cover survivors of 64 and later being badly struck as well.
Option for other aircraft:
MH-60L 90-26257 "Grim Reaper" Super 63
MH-60A 83-23887 "Heavy Metal" Super 65
MH-60L 91-26363 "Gun Slinger" Super 66
MH-60A 83-23924 "Texas Express" Super 67
MH-60L 90-26288 "Razors Edge" Super 68
68 was also hit by an RPG and had to return to base, but it wasn't hit has badly as 62.
As for the Little Bird: They are pretty generic. All I'd do there is use the original serial numbers of the aircraft used, but I am not sure about that yet.
All Black Hawks will be based on my MH-60L mod. None of them has doors or the aerial refueling probe. Equipments like radar or FLIR will vary, as well as the interior layout. Some helis are quipped for fast roping with less seats, others have the seats mounted like in the picture below. All of them are armed with 2 crew operated M134 gatling guns.
In addition to model specific changes, I will also enhance materials and the model itself for a more realistic look. They will also get a custom seat layout.
WIP picture of Super 61 "Thunderstruck"