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Black Hawk Down - Super 64 in Flight before Crash

On October 3, 1993 Chief Warrant Officer Michael J. Durant is piloting his MH-60L Black Hawk helicopter, known as Super 64, in the skies above Mogadishu, Somalia.

This photo depicts Durant and Super 64 in flight that day.

Not long after this U.S. Army Rangers photo is taken, Super 64 is attacked by a Somali RPG (rocket-propelled grenade). The Department of Defense tells us what happened after the Black Hawk goes down:

Chief Warrant Officer Michael J. Durant pilots Super 6-4, an MH-60L Black Hawk helicopter, over Mogadishu on Oct. 3, 1993. Super 6-4 was the second helicopter to crash during the Battle of Mogadishu when it was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Durant and his crew survived the crash. Somali fighters eventually captured Durant and killed his crew along with Master Sgt. Gary Gordon and Sgt. 1st Class Randy Shughart, who provided sniper cover after the crash and volunteered for insertion to hold off the advancing enemy.

Gordon and Shughart both received the Medal of Honor posthumously.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5124stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 03, 2015

Updated Last Revision: Jun 02, 2016


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Photo by unnamed photographer working for the U.S. Army Rangers. Public Domain.

 

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