This painting shows the Apache AH-64D and the UH-60L Black Hawk with the Indians that they are named after.
Since 1968 the US Army has an official regulation stating all army helicopters be named after tribes or individual
famous Natives. The Black Hawk is primarily used for transporting personnel and equipment around the battlefield.
Here, the helicopter is at a stationary hover as troops stealthily fast rope into a hostile landing zone. In the spirit of
the ferocious and brave Apache warriors from the South West, this Longbow dives on its target as it lets fly 2.75
inch rockets bringing destruction on the enemy.
Black Hawk, seen in the foreground, was a great leader and warrior of the Sauk and Fox nations. He is easily
recognizable by his headdress of dyed red horsehair and beaded ear bobs. Although, most famous for the Black
Hawk War of 1832 where the Indians were overwhelmed at Bad Axe River. When President Andrew Jackson
ordered the prisoner Black Hawk to be brought east in 1833, the Sauk chief became a celebrity and attracted great
crowds. His courage, integrity, and dignity were admired and applauded by all.
On the other hand, the Apache were a tribe. The primitive Apache was a true nomad, a wandering child of Nature,
whose birthright was a craving for the warpath with courage and endurance probably exceeded by no other people
and with cunning beyond reckoning. Although his character is a strong mixture of courage and ferocity, the Apache
is gentle and affectionate toward those with his own flesh and blood, particularly his children.