The U.S. Army’s Black Hawk helicopters are less capable for some missions conducted by Afghanistan’s Air Force than the Russian-made ones they’re replacing, according to the Pentagon’s inspector general.

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U.S. Air Force/Samuel King Jr.

This photograph reminds me of how much I admire the Black Hawk as a work of design. No one talks much about it, but I think it is a beautiful aircraft, in an understated way. It also just seems to work so well.

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The Department of Defense identified the soldier missing from a Black Hawk helicopter crash last week off the coast of Yemen as Army Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez.

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Editor’s Note: This article by Brendan McGarry originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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