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CCAD Returns the First Wartime Replacement Aircraft to the Fight

Corpus Christi, TX – The Army will deliver the first OH-58D Kiowa Warrior to be upgraded under the Wartime Replacement Aircraft (WRA) Program in a roll-out ceremony at Corpus Christi Army Depot on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at 10:00 am in Hangar 44.

This is the first OH-58D aircraft that will replenish the fleet.

CCAD Commander, Col. Christopher B. Carlile will hand over the aircraft’s log books to Lt. Col. Paul A. Cravey, Squadron Commander for the 1-6 Air Cavalry Squadron from Fort Riley, Kansas during the ceremony.

The WRA Program is the Army’s initiative to replace OH-58D Kiowa Warriors, the primary air cavalry helicopter. The program is a joint effort with CCAD, the Armed Scout Helicopter (ASH) Project Office, the Aviation Field Maintenance Directorate (AFMD), and Bell Helicopter providing the Army a cost-effective and efficient way to replenish lost aircraft. Aircraft 10-01331, completed 7 weeks ahead of schedule, represents the first Kiowa Warrior to be produced as part of that joint effort and is the first aircraft to increase Army fleet density in over a decade.

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