first published on November 11, 2015 by Josh
If you think you’re going to outrun a Kiowa on your motorcycle, you’re going to have a bad day.
This is the strongest non-training cockpit footage I have ever seen. A Kiowa flies low over the top of a group of Taliban fighters attempting to escape via motorcycle. They give them a couple of warning shots, and then absolutely annihilate the Talibs.
Either these Talibs never learned the importance of cover, or they had just simply already given up on life. They maneuvered themselves and their motorcycle into a wadi, probably in an attempt to conceal themselves from the pursuing convoy. What they did not however manage to do, was escape the all seeing eye of this Kiowa Scout Helicopter.
Unfortunately, during the FY2015 the Bell OH-58D was retired from service in the United States. This is unfortunate due to the extreme versatility of this aircraft. Bell’s own description of the aircraft reads: “Proven in combat all over the world, the Bell OH-58D offers everything your mission requires in a scout helicopter: long-range day and night target acquisition, multi purpose quick-change kits, and multiple armaments with low infrared and acoustic signatures. And it can be armed and ready to fight less than 10 minutes after being off-loaded from a C-130. If the mission calls for truly exceptional war-fighting capabilities, the Bell OH-58D is always ready to answer the call.”