25th CAB contributes Kiowa to Pacific Aviation Museum

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
FORD ISLAND — Soldiers of Bravo Company, 209th ASB, and Pacific Aviation Museum employees use teamwork to unload the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior that the 25th CAB donated to the museum, April 30.

FORD ISLAND — Soldiers of Bravo Company, 209th ASB, and Pacific Aviation Museum employees use teamwork to unload the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior that the 25th CAB donated to the museum, April 30.

Capt. Heba Bullock
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — One of the last two 25th Combat Aviation Brigade OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters took a ride down to the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island, where it will be historically preserved as a display, April 30.

This Kiowa, tail number 368, was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th CAB, and has now been donated to the Pacific Aviation Museum.

“Today, we are preserving history for an aircraft that has been around since the 1960s,” said 1st Sgt. Andrew Lamarre, Troop C, 2-6th Cav. “The Army has decided to retire the Kiowa Warrior. We are going to preserve its history, here, in Hawaii, so that citizens can see it and know what the aircraft has done over the years.”

Capt. Thomas Fox signs the mechanical door of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior after it was transported and placed in the Pacific Aviation Museum on April 30.

Capt. Thomas Fox signs the mechanical door of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior after it was transported and placed in the Pacific Aviation Museum on April 30.

Soldiers of Co. B, 209th Avn. Support Battalion, and a few museum workers unloaded the aircraft. The 209th then reassembled the Kiowa, so it would be ready for display. Once completed, the museum staff asked the Soldiers to sign one of the mechanical doors of the aircraft before it was closed.

“Certainly bittersweet, because it marks the end of a long and proud legacy of the Kiowa Warrior in the brigade,” said Capt. Thomas Fox, commander, Troop F, 2-6th Cav. “But it’s also a happy day that it’s going to be preserved at the Pacific Aviation Museum, a phenomenal place here in Hawaii.”

Fox flew this specific Kiowa Warrior when he was previously assigned as the commander of Troop A, 2-6th Cav.

“This aircraft is important to me because it was an Alpha Troop aircraft, the ‘Renegades,’” explained Fox. “I am proud to see that Renegade logo on the aircraft, and I am very happy the Pacific Aviation Museum wanted to keep it intact.”

A1_25thCAB_Kiowa_Warrior_002_w

A few Soldiers will be going back to the museum on May 16 to help out at “Open Cock-pit Day” and to show off their historical legacy – the Kiowa Warrior.

Tags: , , , ,

Category: News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *