Some Blackhawks are marked with a Red Cross, making clear that hostile fire is no appreciated into the direction of this flying ambulance. This Blackhawk was on alert at the tiny airfield of Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.
In the mid-1990s, Brainerd Helicopters became the first domestic operator of former military Blackhawk helicopters. Now known as Firehawk Helicopters, the company is developing several supplemental type certificates (STC) for missions in the restricted category for the aircraft. This former US Army UH-60A 80-23469 was acquired in 2017.
In a war environment Medical Evacuation (MedEvac) is often necessary. Some UH-60s are assigned to this duty, and they received a red cross on their doors. In this way, during combat evacuations, the military are hoping they will not receive enemy ground-to-air fires on their helicopter. In a worldwide gentlemen agreement, fighting forces will not attack machines of buildings with these markings. Unfortunately... for some rebel and opposing forces it doesn't matter at all. This old UH-60A was seen during its take-off for another MedEvac mission from deployment location Kandahar.