FARNBOROUGH, England -- Soldiers from the 1st Armored Division provided one UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter for the Farnborough Air and Trade show, here, 11-17 July, at TAG Farnborough Airport.

Events like the Air Show at Farnborough provide an excellent opportunity for Soldiers to explain how the 12th CAB and the Regionally Allocated Aviation forces operate throughout Europe with our NATO allies and partner nations.

The 3rd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade, is the current Regionally Allocated Aviation force deployed to Europe in support of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade.

Static helicopter displays demonstrate USAREUR's ability to project rotary wing combat power around Europe in an expedient manner. They also serve as a guarantee of our Article 5 obligation to support the Collective Defense of the alliance.

The first five days consisted of a trade show where members of the media and the aviation industry took an up close look at the new Black Hawk mike model.

This event then transitioned into a public show where 1AD Soldiers interacted with the public by explaining how our helicopters, pilots and crew chief's conduct operations.

"It's nice to see young kids taking an interest in our Black Hawk," said Pvt. Kris Paranteau, a 15T Black Hawk Repairer from Charlie Company, 3rd Bn., 501st Avn. Regt., 1AD CAB. "They were shocked that they actually got to sit in the pilot's seat."

The display also included two Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon's, a Naval F-18 Super Hornet and a C-27J from the Coast Guard.

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The 12th Combat Aviation Brigade trains and conducts aviation support across the full spectrum of unified land operations for United States Army Europe, European Command and our allied and NATO partners.