HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Aircraft profile

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Mission

The primary mission of the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter is to conduct day or night combat search and rescue, or CSAR, operations into hostile environments to recover downed aircrew or other isolated personnel during war.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: FORT BLISS, Texas -- An HH-60G Pave Hawk makes an approach during a live-fire training exercise here April 9. The exercise was part of the 57th Wing Weapons School intensive five and one-half month training program.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: FORT BLISS, Texas -- An HH-60G Pave Hawk makes an approach during a live-fire training exercise here April 9. The exercise was part of the 57th Wing Weapons School intensive five and one-half month training program.

Because of its versatility, the HH-60G is also tasked to perform military operations other than war. These tasks include civil search and rescue, emergency aeromedical evacuation, disaster relief, international aid, counterdrug activities and NASA space shuttle support.

Features

The Pave Hawk is a highly modified version of the Army Black Hawk helicopter which features an upgraded communications and navigation suite that includes integrated inertial navigation/global positioning/Doppler navigation systems, satellite communications, secure voice, and Have Quick communications.

All HH-60Gs have an automatic flight control system, night vision goggles with lighting and forward looking infrared system that greatly enhances night low-level operations. Additionally, Pave Hawks have color weather radar and an engine/rotor blade anti-ice system that gives the HH-60G an adverse weather capability.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Airmen from the 58th Rescue Squadron here rappel from their HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter during a simulated rescue of a downed pilot.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Airmen from the 58th Rescue Squadron here rappel from their HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter during a simulated rescue of a downed pilot.

Pave Hawk mission equipment includes a retractable in-flight refueling probe, internal auxiliary fuel tanks, two crew-served 7.62mm or .50 caliber machineguns, and an 8,000-pound (3,600 kilograms) capacity cargo hook. To improve air transportability and shipboard operations, all HH-60Gs have folding rotor blades.

Pave Hawk combat enhancements include a radar warning receiver, infrared jammer and a flare/chaff countermeasure dispensing system.

HH-60G rescue equipment includes a hoist capable of lifting a 600-pound load (270 kilograms) from a hover height of 200 feet (60.7 meters), and a personnel locating system that is compatible with the PRC-112 survival radio and provides range and bearing information to a survivor's location.

A limited number of Pave Hawks are equipped with an over-the-horizon tactical data receiver that is capable of receiving near real-time mission update information.

Background

The Pave Hawk is a twin-engine medium-lift helicopter operated by Air Combat Command, Pacific Air Forces, Air Education and Training Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN -- A 55th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk crew prepares to land onto a Navy ship near San Diego during water-rescue training.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN -- A 55th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk crew prepares to land onto a Navy ship near San Diego during water-rescue training.

Pave Hawks have a long history of use in contingencies, starting in Operation Just Cause. During Operation Desert Storm they provided combat search and rescue coverage for coalition forces in western Iraq, coastal Kuwait, the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. They also provided emergency evacuation coverage for U.S. Navy SEAL teams penetrating the Kuwaiti coast before the invasion.

During Operation Allied Force, Pave Hawks provided continuous combat search and rescue coverage for NATO air forces, and successfully recovered two Air Force pilots who were isolated behind enemy lines.

In the aircraft's humanitarian relief missions, three Pave Hawks deployed in March 2000 to Mozambique, Africa, to support international flood relief operations. The HH-60s flew 240 missions in 17 days and delivered more than 160 tons of humanitarian relief supplies.

After Hurricane Katrina in September 2005, more than 20 active-duty, Reserve, and National Guard Pave Hawks were deployed to Jackson, Miss., in support of recovery operations in New Orleans and surrounding areas. Pave Hawk crews flew 24-hour operations for nearly a month, saving more than 4,300 Americans from the post-hurricane devastation.

In April 2006, the continental U.S. search and rescue mission was transferred back to Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va. From 2003 to 2006, the mission was under the Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Prior to this, the aircraft were assigned to ACC.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: OVER SAN DIEGO, Calif. - An HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 55th Rescue Squadron moves in to refuel from a 79th Rescue Squadron's C-130.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: OVER SAN DIEGO, Calif. - An HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 55th Rescue Squadron moves in to refuel from a 79th Rescue Squadron's C-130.

Today, Pave Hawks continue to deploy in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq. HH-60 crews have logged hundreds of American, coalition, and foreign national saves conducting CSAR and medical evacuations or MEDEVAC missions under low visibility, low illumination conditions at all altitudes.

General Characteristics

Primary Function: combat search and rescue and military operations other than war in day, night or marginal weather conditions.

Contractor: United Technologies/Sikorsky Aircraft Company

Power Plant: Two General Electric T700-GE-700 or T700-GE-701C engines

Thrust: 1,560-1,940 shaft horsepower, each engine

Rotor Diameter: 53 feet, 7 inches (14.1 meters)

Length: 64 feet, 8 inches (17.1 meters)

Height: 16 feet, 8 inches (4.4 meters)

Weight: 22,000 pounds (9,900 kilograms)

Maximum Takeoff Weight: 22,000 pounds (9,900 kilograms)

Fuel Capacity: 4,500 pounds (2,041 kilograms)

Payload: depends upon mission

Speed: 184 mph (159 knots)

Range: 504 nautical miles

Ceiling: 14,000 feet (4,267 meters)

Armament: Two 7.62mm or .50 caliber machineguns

Crew: Two pilots, one flight engineer and one gunner

Unit Cost: $9.3 million (fiscal 1998 constant dollars)

Initial operating capability: 1982

Inventory: Active force, 64; ANG, 18; Reserve, 23

Source: USAF

Detailed background:

Source: wikipedia.org

The Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk is a combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter derivative of the Sikorsky S-70 family. The HH-60's primary function is to conduct day or night combat search and rescue operations into hostile environments to recover downed aircrew or other isolated personnel during war. Because of its versatility, the HH-60G may also perform peace-time operations. Such tasks include civil search and rescue, emergency aeromedical evacuation (MEDEVAC), disaster relief, international aid, counter-drug activities and NASA space shuttle support.

Design and development

In 1981, the U.S. Air Force chose the UH-60A Black Hawk to replace its HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopters. After acquiring the UH-60s, the Air Force began upgrading each with an air refueling probe, and additional fuel tanks in the cabin. The machine guns were changed from M60s to 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M218s. These were referred to as "Credible Hawks" and entered service in 1987. Afterwards the Credible Hawks and new UH-60As were upgraded and designated MH-60G Pave Hawk.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: NEAR TUCSON, Ariz -- Pararescuemen from the 304th Rescue Squadron at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., practice their rescue skills with an HH-60 Pave Hawk flown by a crew from the 305th RQS at nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: NEAR TUCSON, Ariz -- Pararescuemen from the 304th Rescue Squadron at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., practice their rescue skills with an HH-60 Pave Hawk flown by a crew from the 305th RQS at nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

The Pave Hawk is a highly-modified version of the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk. It features an upgraded communications and navigation suite that includes an integrated inertial navigation/global positioning/Doppler navigation systems, satellite communications, secure voice, and Have Quick communications.

All HH-60Gs have an automatic flight control system, night vision goggles lighting and forward looking infrared system that greatly enhances night low-level operations. Additionally, some Pave Hawks have color weather radar and an engine/rotor blade anti-ice system that gives the HH-60G an all-weather capability.

Pave Hawk mission equipment includes a retractable in-flight refueling probe, internal auxiliary fuel tanks, two crew-served (or pilot-controlled) 7.62 mm miniguns or .50 caliber machine guns and an 8,000 pound (3,600 kg) capacity cargo hook. To improve air transportability and shipboard operations, all HH-60Gs have folding rotor blades.

Pave Hawk combat enhancements include a radar warning receiver, infrared jammer and a flare/chaff countermeasure dispensing system.

HH-60G rescue equipment includes a hoist capable of lifting a 600 pound (270 kg) load from a hover height of 200 feet (60 m), and a personnel locating system that is compatible with the PRC-112 survival radio and provides range and bearing information to a survivor's location.

A limited number of Pave Hawks are equipped with an over-the-horizon tactical data receiver that is capable of receiving near real-time mission update information.

Operational history

The U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk is a twin-engine medium-lift helicopter operated by the Air Combat Command (ACC), U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), Air Education and Training Command (AETC), the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) and the Air National Guard (ANG).

During Operation Desert Storm, Pave Hawks provided combat search and rescue coverage for coalition Air Forces in western Iraq, Saudi Arabia, coastal Kuwait and the Persian Gulf. They also provided emergency evacuation coverage for U.S. Navy sea, air and land (SEAL) teams penetrating the Kuwaiti coast before the invasion.

During Operation Allied Force, the Pave Hawk provided continuous combat search and rescue coverage for NATO air forces, and successfully recovered two U.S. Air Force pilots who were isolated behind enemy lines.

In March 2000, three Pave Hawks deployed to Hoedspruit Air Force Base in South Africa, to support international flood relief operations in Mozambique. The HH-60Gs flew 240 missions in 17 days and delivered more than 160 tons of humanitarian relief supplies.

Air Force Pave Hawks from the Pacific Theatre also took part in a massive humanitarian relief effort in early 2005 in Sri Lanka to help victims of the tsunami.

In the fall of 2005, Pave Hawks from various Air Force commands participated in rescue operations of Hurricane Katrina survivors, rescuing thousands of stranded people.

Currently, Pave Hawks regularly operate in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom supporting Army and Marine Corps ground combat operations and standby search and rescue support for U.S. and Coalition fixed-wing combat aircraft supporting those ground operations.

Variants

* HH-60A: Prototype for the HH-60D rescue helicopter. A modified UH-60A primarily designed for combat search and rescue. It is equipped with a rescue hoist with a 200 ft (60.96 m) cable that has a 600 lb (270 kg) lift capability, and a retractable in-flight refueling probe.

* HH-60D: Prototype of early search and rescue variant for the US Air Force.

* HH-60E: Proposed search and rescue variant for the US Air Force.

* HH-60G Pave Hawk: Search and rescue helicopter for the US Air Force. UH-60A Credible Hawk were updated to MH-60G Pave Hawk configuration in a two-phase program.

* MH-60G Pave Hawk: Special Operations, search and rescue model for the U.S. Air Force. Equipped with long-range fuel tanks, air-to-air refueling capability, FLIR, improved radar. Powered by T-700-GE-700/701 engines. All MH-60Gs subsequently divested by AFSOC, redesignated as HH-60Gs and transferred back to Air Combat Command (ACC) and ACC-gained Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) and Air National Guard (ANG) units.

* Maplehawk: Proposed search and rescue version for the Canadian Forces to replace aging CH-124 Sea Kings. CF opted for the CH-148 Cyclone instead.

Operators

Section information from USAF 2007 Almanac

* Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ -- 305th RQS (AFRC) and 55th RQS (ACC)

* Kadena AB, Japan -- 18th Wing (33d RQS) (PACAF)

* Kirtland AFB, NM -- 58th Special Operations Wing (512 RQS) (AETC)

* Alaska ANG, Kulis ANGB, AK -- 176th Wing (210th Rescue Squadron|210 RQS]]) (ANG)

* RAF Lakenheath, UK -- 48th Fighter Wing (56th RQS) (USAFE)

* California ANG, Moffett Field ANGB, CA -- 129th Rescue Wing (ANG)

* Moody AFB, GA -- 23d Wing (41 RQS) (ACC)

* Nellis AFB, NV -- 57th Wing (66 RQS) (ACC)

* New York ANG, Francis S. Gabreski Airport ANGB, NY -- 106th Rescue Wing (ANG)

* Patrick AFB, FL -- 920th Rescue Wing (301 RQS) (AFRC)

More photos:

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An air-to-air left front view of an MH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter near Eglin Air Force Base. The helicopter is undergoing testing for use by the 55th Special Operations Squadron.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An air-to-air left front view of an MH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter near Eglin Air Force Base. The helicopter is undergoing testing for use by the 55th Special Operations Squadron.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A front view of one of the latest additions to the Air Force's aircraft inventory, the MH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, parked on the flight line.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A front view of one of the latest additions to the Air Force's aircraft inventory, the MH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, parked on the flight line.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A left side view of an MH-53H Pave Low helicopter, background, an MH-53J Enhanced Pave Low III helicopter, center, and an MH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter. The MH-53J and the MH-60G are the two latest additions to the Air Force's aircraft inventory.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A left side view of an MH-53H Pave Low helicopter, background, an MH-53J Enhanced Pave Low III helicopter, center, and an MH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter. The MH-53J and the MH-60G are the two latest additions to the Air Force's aircraft inventory.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Senior Airman (SAR), Ryan Renaurt, USAF, HH-60 Pave Hawk Helicopter, Door Gunner, assigned to the 66TH Rescue Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV, engages ground targets with a 7.62mm M134 Minigun over the gunnery range at Fallon Naval Air Station during DESERT RESCUE IX. DESERT RESCUE IX is a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) training exercise involving all branches of the US Military in a real world rescue and combat scenario.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Senior Airman (SAR), Ryan Renaurt, USAF, HH-60 Pave Hawk Helicopter, Door Gunner, assigned to the 66TH Rescue Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV, engages ground targets with a 7.62mm M134 Minigun over the gunnery range at Fallon Naval Air Station during DESERT RESCUE IX. DESERT RESCUE IX is a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) training exercise involving all branches of the US Military in a real world rescue and combat scenario.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An underside view of two 38th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters in formation.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An underside view of two 38th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters in formation.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Sgt. Michael Inglis and Airman 1st Class Frank Rodriguez, members of the 66th Air Rescue squadron (66th ARS), climb up a rope ladder to an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter following a rappelling exercise in the Nevada desert. The 66th ARS is the first rescue squadron to fly the HH-60G.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Sgt. Michael Inglis and Airman 1st Class Frank Rodriguez, members of the 66th Air Rescue squadron (66th ARS), climb up a rope ladder to an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter following a rappelling exercise in the Nevada desert. The 66th ARS is the first rescue squadron to fly the HH-60G.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A 210th Air Rescue Squadron (210th ARS), Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft conducts an in-flight refueling with a 71st Air Rescue Squadron (71st ARS) HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter, foreground, and a 210th ARS MH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter. The 210th ARS will take over rescue missions when the 71st ARS is deactivated on June 1, 1991.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A 210th Air Rescue Squadron (210th ARS), Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft conducts an in-flight refueling with a 71st Air Rescue Squadron (71st ARS) HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter, foreground, and a 210th ARS MH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter. The 210th ARS will take over rescue missions when the 71st ARS is deactivated on June 1, 1991.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A 210th Air Rescue Squadron (210th ARS), Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft conducts an in flight refueling with a 71st Air Rescue Squadron (71st ARS) HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter, left, and a 210th ARS MH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, right. The 210th ARS will take over rescue missions when the 71st ARS is deactivated on June 1, 1991.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A 210th Air Rescue Squadron (210th ARS), Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft conducts an in flight refueling with a 71st Air Rescue Squadron (71st ARS) HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter, left, and a 210th ARS MH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, right. The 210th ARS will take over rescue missions when the 71st ARS is deactivated on June 1, 1991.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A close-up view of an Air Force MH-60G pave Hawk helicopter on display during air show.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A close-up view of an Air Force MH-60G pave Hawk helicopter on display during air show.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Army Special Forces personnel attached to special patrol insertion-extraction (SPIE) rigging are hoisted into the air by an MH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 55th Special Operations Squadron during a training exercise.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Army Special Forces personnel attached to special patrol insertion-extraction (SPIE) rigging are hoisted into the air by an MH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 55th Special Operations Squadron during a training exercise.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Shot of two HH-60G Pavehawk helicopters from the 1st Rescue Group, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, in flight. This image was used in the January 1996 issue of Airman Magazine.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Shot of two HH-60G Pavehawk helicopters from the 1st Rescue Group, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, in flight. This image was used in the January 1996 issue of Airman Magazine.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Mechanics US Air Force Staff Sergeant Robert M. Conklin (left), 1st Rescue Group, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida and US Air Force Base, Florida, and US Air Force Airman Brian P. White, 1st Rescue Group, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, straddle the top of an HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter to troubleshoot a suspected hydraulic leak. This image was used in the January 1996 issue of Airman Magazine.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Mechanics US Air Force Staff Sergeant Robert M. Conklin (left), 1st Rescue Group, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida and US Air Force Base, Florida, and US Air Force Airman Brian P. White, 1st Rescue Group, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, straddle the top of an HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter to troubleshoot a suspected hydraulic leak. This image was used in the January 1996 issue of Airman Magazine.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A HH-60G Pavehawk Helicopter and personnel assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, are off-loaded from a C-5 Galaxy, assigned to the 436th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, at the Kuwait International Airport, Kuwait, in support of Operation DESERT FOCUS. The members of the 48th Rescue Squadron are deployed to Kuwait to respond in the event any US airmen are downed in the region.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A HH-60G Pavehawk Helicopter and personnel assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, are off-loaded from a C-5 Galaxy, assigned to the 436th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, at the Kuwait International Airport, Kuwait, in support of Operation DESERT FOCUS. The members of the 48th Rescue Squadron are deployed to Kuwait to respond in the event any US airmen are downed in the region.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Pararescuemen from the 1st Rescue Group perform training certification on an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 41st Rescue Squadron. The newly assigned Pararescuemen, Senior Airman Mario Romero and Airman 1st Class Eric Castor must certify on the fast rope and ladder climb.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Pararescuemen from the 1st Rescue Group perform training certification on an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 41st Rescue Squadron. The newly assigned Pararescuemen, Senior Airman Mario Romero and Airman 1st Class Eric Castor must certify on the fast rope and ladder climb.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Maintenance and aircrews pre-flight their US Air Force (USAF) HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 4412th Rescue Squadron (RS)(Provisional) at Camp Doha, Kuwait, during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Maintenance and aircrews pre-flight their US Air Force (USAF) HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 4412th Rescue Squadron (RS)(Provisional) at Camp Doha, Kuwait, during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Right front view medium close-up shot as USAF Staff Sergeant John Green (not shown) of the 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, tosses a rope latter out of a HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter during a simulated Pararescueman (not shown) pick up, near Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada. Members of the 41st Rescue Squadron, are participating in Exercise Desert Rescue VIII, a joint Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine exercise to prepare the each services for the event of a war time rescue in a joint environment.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Right front view medium close-up shot as USAF Staff Sergeant John Green (not shown) of the 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, tosses a rope latter out of a HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter during a simulated Pararescueman (not shown) pick up, near Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada. Members of the 41st Rescue Squadron, are participating in Exercise Desert Rescue VIII, a joint Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine exercise to prepare the each services for the event of a war time rescue in a joint environment.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Right side profile medium shot as USAF HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter pilot US Air Force 1st. Lieuenant Danny Amegin (not shown), of the 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, maneuvers his aircraft into position during a pararescueman (not shown) drop off simulation, near Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada. Members of the 41st Rescue Squadron, are participating in Exercise Desert Rescue VIII a joint Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine (Army, Navy and Marine forces not shown) exercise to prepare the each services for the event of a war time rescue in a joint environment.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Right side profile medium shot as USAF HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter pilot US Air Force 1st. Lieuenant Danny Amegin (not shown), of the 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, maneuvers his aircraft into position during a pararescueman (not shown) drop off simulation, near Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada. Members of the 41st Rescue Squadron, are participating in Exercise Desert Rescue VIII a joint Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine (Army, Navy and Marine forces not shown) exercise to prepare the each services for the event of a war time rescue in a joint environment.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Left side medium shot of a USAF HH-60 Pave Hawk Combat Rescue Helicopter as a pararesuemen from the 102nd rescue Squadron fastrope into Lake George, New York, during "waterworks" training.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Left side medium shot of a USAF HH-60 Pave Hawk Combat Rescue Helicopter as a pararesuemen from the 102nd rescue Squadron fastrope into Lake George, New York, during "waterworks" training.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An MH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, lands at night on a Kuwait desert, during a training mission, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998. Night scope used.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An MH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, lands at night on a Kuwait desert, during a training mission, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998. Night scope used.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An air to air right side view of an HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter from the 129th Rescue Wing, California Air National Guard, Moffett Federal Field approaching the refueling hose and drag chute of an aircraft over the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Northern California.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An air to air right side view of an HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter from the 129th Rescue Wing, California Air National Guard, Moffett Federal Field approaching the refueling hose and drag chute of an aircraft over the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Northern California.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter, from the 66th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, practices refueling over the Mediterranean Sea. The unit is deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH, enforcing the no-fly zone over Iraq.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter, from the 66th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, practices refueling over the Mediterranean Sea. The unit is deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH, enforcing the no-fly zone over Iraq.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A KC-130 Marine Air Refueler from 252nd Transport Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, refuels a USAF HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from the 66th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, over the Mediterranean Sea. The units are deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH, enforcing the no-fly zone over Iraq.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A KC-130 Marine Air Refueler from 252nd Transport Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, refuels a USAF HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from the 66th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, over the Mediterranean Sea. The units are deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH, enforcing the no-fly zone over Iraq.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Three US Air Force (USAF) HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters assigned to the 41st Rescue Squadron (RQS), take off at Hoedspruit Air Force Base, South Africa headed to Beira, Mozambique, where they will provide humanitarian support and perform rescue operations in the flood-ravaged region.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Three US Air Force (USAF) HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters assigned to the 41st Rescue Squadron (RQS), take off at Hoedspruit Air Force Base, South Africa headed to Beira, Mozambique, where they will provide humanitarian support and perform rescue operations in the flood-ravaged region.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Left and right side profiles, medium long shot from a high angle looking down, as two US Air Force, two HH-60 Pavehawks from the 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia circles to find more downed helicopter pilots after picking up Lieutenant JG Mike OÕHare (not shown) of the Helicopter Anti-Sub Squadron 6, North Island, during a search and rescue exercise near Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada during Exercise Desert Rescue VIII.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Left and right side profiles, medium long shot from a high angle looking down, as two US Air Force, two HH-60 Pavehawks from the 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia circles to find more downed helicopter pilots after picking up Lieutenant JG Mike OÕHare (not shown) of the Helicopter Anti-Sub Squadron 6, North Island, during a search and rescue exercise near Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada during Exercise Desert Rescue VIII.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Straight on medium shot as USAF Staff Sergeant John Green, of the 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, looks out of a HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter for a clear landing during a simulated Pararescueman pick up, near Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada. Members of the 41st Rescue Squadron, are participating in Exercise Desert Rescue VIII a joint Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine (Army, Navy, and Marine forces not shown) exercise to prepare the each services for the event of a war time rescue in a joint environment.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Straight on medium shot as USAF Staff Sergeant John Green, of the 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, looks out of a HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter for a clear landing during a simulated Pararescueman pick up, near Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada. Members of the 41st Rescue Squadron, are participating in Exercise Desert Rescue VIII a joint Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine (Army, Navy, and Marine forces not shown) exercise to prepare the each services for the event of a war time rescue in a joint environment.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter plugs into the air refueling hose of an MC-130 Combat Shadow aircraft over the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Northern California. Both planes are from the 129th Rescue Wing, California Air National Guard, Moffett Federal Field. The C-130 can transfer up 1,000 pounds of fuel per minute to the H-60 and is necessary for the long-range, over water mission that the 129th Rescue Wing performs. The 129th is conducting a training rescue operation in the Pacific Ocean.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter plugs into the air refueling hose of an MC-130 Combat Shadow aircraft over the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Northern California. Both planes are from the 129th Rescue Wing, California Air National Guard, Moffett Federal Field. The C-130 can transfer up 1,000 pounds of fuel per minute to the H-60 and is necessary for the long-range, over water mission that the 129th Rescue Wing performs. The 129th is conducting a training rescue operation in the Pacific Ocean.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An HH-60G Pave Hawk, 66th Rescue Squadron (RS), Nellis AFB, Nevada, provides air cover with 7.62 mm M134 Gatling Machine Guns, while a second helicopter rescues a downed pilot during a demonstration provided during Capstone firepower demonstration at Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Air Field. It is a quarterly demonstration of aerial firepower and how it can be applied to the battlefieldHH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An HH-60G Pave Hawk, 66th Rescue Squadron (RS), Nellis AFB, Nevada, provides air cover with 7.62 mm M134 Gatling Machine Guns, while a second helicopter rescues a downed pilot during a demonstration provided during Capstone firepower demonstration at Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Air Field. It is a quarterly demonstration of aerial firepower and how it can be applied to the battlefield

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron (RS), Nellis AFB, Nevada, provides cover while a second Helicopter rescues a downed pilot during a demonstration provided for Capstone firepower demonstration at Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Air Field. It is a quarterly demonstration of aerial firepower and how it can be applied to the battlefield.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron (RS), Nellis AFB, Nevada, provides cover while a second Helicopter rescues a downed pilot during a demonstration provided for Capstone firepower demonstration at Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Air Field. It is a quarterly demonstration of aerial firepower and how it can be applied to the battlefield.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An HH-60G Pave Hawk Combat Search and Air Rescue (CSAR) aircraft, with the 332nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERS), during a training mission over their area of responsibility (AOR).HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An HH-60G Pave Hawk Combat Search and Air Rescue (CSAR) aircraft, with the 332nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERS), during a training mission over their area of responsibility (AOR).

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An HH-60G Pave Hawk Combat Search and Air Rescue (CSAR) aircraft, with the 332nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERS), during a training mission over their area of responsibility (AOR).HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An HH-60G Pave Hawk Combat Search and Air Rescue (CSAR) aircraft, with the 332nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERS), during a training mission over their area of responsibility (AOR).

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An aerial view of an HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter from the 129th Rescue Wing, California Air National Guard, Moffett Federal Field refueling from the refueling hose and drag chute of an aircraft over the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Northern California.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An aerial view of an HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter from the 129th Rescue Wing, California Air National Guard, Moffett Federal Field refueling from the refueling hose and drag chute of an aircraft over the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Northern California.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force (USAF) HH-60G Pave Hawk, 33rd Rescue Squadron (RQS), Kadena Air Base (AB), Japan, takes off from Osan AB, Korea, in support of Exercise FOAL EAGLE.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force (USAF) HH-60G Pave Hawk, 33rd Rescue Squadron (RQS), Kadena Air Base (AB), Japan, takes off from Osan AB, Korea, in support of Exercise FOAL EAGLE.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force (USAF) HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron (RQS), conducts midair fueling over Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Nevada (NV), during a joint service experimentation process dubbed Millennium Challenge 2002 (MC02). Sponsored by the US Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), the MC02 experiment explores how Effects Based Operations (EBO) can provide an integrating, joint context for conducting rapid, decisive operations (RDO).HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force (USAF) HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron (RQS), conducts midair fueling over Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Nevada (NV), during a joint service experimentation process dubbed Millennium Challenge 2002 (MC02). Sponsored by the US Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), the MC02 experiment explores how Effects Based Operations (EBO) can provide an integrating, joint context for conducting rapid, decisive operations (RDO).

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An HH-60G Pave Hawk, 66th Rescue Squadron (RS), Nellis AFB, Nevada, provides air cover while a second helicopter rescues a downed pilot during a demonstration provided during Capstone firepower demonstration at Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Air Field. It is a quarterly demonstration of aerial firepower and how it can be applied to the battlefield.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: An HH-60G Pave Hawk, 66th Rescue Squadron (RS), Nellis AFB, Nevada, provides air cover while a second helicopter rescues a downed pilot during a demonstration provided during Capstone firepower demonstration at Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Air Field. It is a quarterly demonstration of aerial firepower and how it can be applied to the battlefield.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force (USAF) Special Operations HH-60G Pave Hawk Rescue Helicopter and a KC-130 Hercules tanker transport from the 301st Rescue Squadron (RS) perform an aerial refueling over a forward-deployed location, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOMHH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force (USAF) Special Operations HH-60G Pave Hawk Rescue Helicopter and a KC-130 Hercules tanker transport from the 301st Rescue Squadron (RS) perform an aerial refueling over a forward-deployed location, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Army (USA) Pave Hawk (HH-60G) hovers momentarily while landing at a forward-deployed location, during a troop transport mission in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOMHH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Army (USA) Pave Hawk (HH-60G) hovers momentarily while landing at a forward-deployed location, during a troop transport mission in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Two US Air Force (USAF) Special Operation Forces (SOF) HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 301st Rescue Squadron, take off from Tallil AB, Iraq, for a mission during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Two US Air Force (USAF) Special Operation Forces (SOF) HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 301st Rescue Squadron, take off from Tallil AB, Iraq, for a mission during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force (USAF) HH-60G Pave Hawk, 301st Rescue Squadron (RQS), Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), Patrick Air Force Base (AFB), Florida (FL), flies a mission over Baghdad. The Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) unit is currently assigned to Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOMHH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force (USAF) HH-60G Pave Hawk, 301st Rescue Squadron (RQS), Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), Patrick Air Force Base (AFB), Florida (FL), flies a mission over Baghdad. The Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) unit is currently assigned to Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force (USAF) 101st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERS) HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter kicks up dust while departing a landing zone during a Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR) exercise. The exercise sharpens the skills of CSAR teams deployed to Baghdad International Airport (BIA), Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOMHH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force (USAF) 101st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERS) HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter kicks up dust while departing a landing zone during a Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR) exercise. The exercise sharpens the skills of CSAR teams deployed to Baghdad International Airport (BIA), Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force (USAF) HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter assigned to the 301st Rescue Squadron (RQS), flies a combat mission over the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force (USAF) HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter assigned to the 301st Rescue Squadron (RQS), flies a combat mission over the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force (USAF) HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter assigned to the 301st Rescue Squadron (RQS), conducts in flight refueling with a Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) KC-130 Hercules tanker aircraft from the 39th Rescue Squadron (RQS), during a mission over Tallil Air Base (AB), Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force (USAF) HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter assigned to the 301st Rescue Squadron (RQS), conducts in flight refueling with a Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) KC-130 Hercules tanker aircraft from the 39th Rescue Squadron (RQS), during a mission over Tallil Air Base (AB), Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force (USAF) HH-60G Pave Hawk, 301st Rescue Squadron (RQS), Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), Patrick Air Force Base (AFB), Florida (FL), crew performs preflight checks on their aircraft prior to flying a mission over Baghdad. The Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) unit is currently assigned to Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: A US Air Force (USAF) HH-60G Pave Hawk, 301st Rescue Squadron (RQS), Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), Patrick Air Force Base (AFB), Florida (FL), crew performs preflight checks on their aircraft prior to flying a mission over Baghdad. The Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) unit is currently assigned to Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

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