Peek into a Lakota’s brain.

Army Chief Warrant Officers 4 Mike Eger and Troy Parmley pilot a UH-72 Lakota helicopter over flooded areas as part of relief and recovery operations near Fort Collins, Colo., Sept. 18, 2013. Eger is assigned to the Colorado Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, and Parmley is assigned to the Colorado Army National Guard’s Company D, 3rd Battalion, 148th Aviation Regiment.

Hate to see you go, love to watch you leave.

Seventeen UH-60A Black Hawks and seven UH-72 Lakota helicopters from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington’s Army Air Operations Group, 12th Aviation Battalion lift off from Davison Army Airfield beginning a one-hour training flight over the skies of the National Capital Region. The exercise was the 12th’s final flight with its current aircraft configuration before the UH-72 (Lakota) and UH-60A (black and gold Black Hawks) are redistributed to Fort Rucker, Alabama and the Army Museum. The redistributed aircraft will be replaced with UH-60L Black Hawk configuration.

(Photo by George Markfelder, JFHQ-NCR/MDW Public Affairs, 4 JUN 2014.)

[And for accompaniment, Ride of the Valkyries, by request.]