The Iowa Army National Guard will show off two new models of aircraft to the public from 5-7 p.m. today at the Army Aviation Support Facility-Davenport, 9650 Harrison St., Davenport.

Area residents can see the Guard’s newest helicopters: the upgraded CH-47F Chinook and the UH-72A Lakota. The Chinook has been built since the 1960s, but the newest models have many modifications, including a digital cockpit and enhanced navigation equipment. Iowa has both versions of the UH-72A Lakota, one with the security and support mission equipment package and the light utility helicopter (LUH) package.

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The Davenport facility is home to several Iowa Army National Guard aviation units. They provide air movement support of personnel and equipment, conduct air assault operations and perform humanitarian relief missions in a theater of operation. Members of these units were last deployed from November 2010 to November 2011, where they served in Iraq for Operation New Dawn.

I'm the city editor at the Quad-City Times. You can reach me at or 563-383-2450.