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Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down” is an official phrase used by the United States military to inform the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter during the Battle of Mogadishu.

The phrase became popular after the release of a book titled ‘Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War’. The book chronicles the U.S. military attempt of 1993 to capture a Somali warlord in Mogadishu, Africa; and the intense battle that resulted between U.S. forces on duty with the United Nations, against local militia and citizens.

The raid quickly became the most intensive close combat Americans have engaged in since the Vietnam War.

The book is based on a series of articles written for the Philadelphia Inquirer by writer Mark Bowden. It was later turned into a film of the same name by Ridley Scott in 2001.

Michael Durant's helicopter (Super64) heading out over Mogadishu on October 3, 1993.
Super64 was the second helicopter to crash on the Battle of Mogadishu.


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