Engineers quickly return Kiowa to flight in Afghanistan

An OH-58D Kiowa helicopter sits at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in this Army file photo. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Field Assistance in Science and Technology-Center, or RFAST-C, reverse engineered and fabricated a Kiowa helicopter's fuselage bracket to return it to flight status.

An OH-58D Kiowa helicopter sits at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in this Army file photo. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Field Assistance in Science and Technology-Center, or RFAST-C, reverse engineered and fabricated a Kiowa helicopter’s fuselage bracket to return it to flight status.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — When Soldiers needed to replicate a key part of an OH-58D Kiowa helicopter to return it to duty, they turned to the expertise of a deployed U.S. Army civilian engineering team.

After the helicopter’s fuselage bracket supporting the copilot’s seat sustained damage from incoming fire, the 1106th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group Task Force 14 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, sought a quick turn-around solution.

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