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How Black Hawk Helicopters Work

        Science | Modern

UH-60L Black Hawk Specifications
  • Length (with rotors turning): 64 feet, 10 inches (19.76 m)
  • Fuselage length: 50 feet, 0.75 inches (15.26 m)
  • Fuselage width: 7 feet, 9 inches (2.36 m)
  • Height: 16 feet, 10 inches (5.13 m)
  • Main rotor diameter: 53 feet, 8 inches (16.36 m)
  • Tail rotor diameter: 11 feet (3.35 m)
  • Cabin Dimensions: Length: 12 feet, 7 inches (3.84 m); Width: 6 feet, 2 inches (1.88 m); Height: 4 feet, 6 inches (1.37 m)
  • Weight (empty): 11,605 pounds (5,263 kg)
  • Mission gross weight: 17,527 pounds (7,950 kg)
  • Maximum cruise speed: 155 knots (178 mph, 287 km/h)
  • Never-exceed speed: 195 knots (225 mph, 361 km/h)
  • Vertical climb rate (at sea level): 3,000 feet (915 m)/minute
  • Service ceiling: 19,150 feet (5,837 m)
  • Range: 373 miles (600 km)
  • Unit cost: $5.9 million
Source: Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division

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