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An HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter transports the casualties and members of Baker Company, 3rd Platoon, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne), and the 212th Rescue Squadron pararescuemen during training on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Sept. 21. In this specific training scenario, the pararescuemen used the helicopter to evacuate members of Baker Company who were hit by an improvised explosive device.
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Public Affairs
Photo by Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf
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:icondread-and-dreams:
Dread-and-Dreams Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The problem with the Air Force's HH-60G Air Ambulance helicopter is this:
- Look at all crap bolted to the outside of this gorgeous machine and think about how much that weighs.
- To put it in perspective, think about how much gear they typically carry on missions (a crap ton of medical gear!), and then think about the two .50 CAL's (that aren't pictured here) with a full ammo load-out (typically a little over over 200lbs worth for each one), and THEN think about the number of personnel they compliment for each mission (2-4 personnel not including the pilots OR the patients WITH 30-80lbs of gear on).
- What you end up with is an over-sized flying cinder block that can't go as fast as it's Army UH-60A counterpart and can't even come close to the altitude needed for high mountain rescue missions and high altitude rescue in general (Afghanistan is like, 90% mountains above 5000 feet).
- It goes without saying that even though they have .50 CAL's strapped to their hull they can't conduct MEDEVAC missions nearly as effective as the U.S. Army's counter part, the UH-60A, despite it's ability to protect itself. IT'S JUST NOT QUICK ENOUGH!!! It's just a fact that gravity is a sonofabitch and makes MEDEVAC pilots lives a living hell.

So if any Air Force or Army CAB commanders end up reading this please know that the lighter the aircraft, and the more powerful the engines, the better off your crews, pilots, and helicopters are gonna be.

It's in the evidence.
(Look-up Operation Hammer Down MEDEVAC, Korengal Valley, Afghanistan)

Moral of this rant: The closer you get to bare essentials on a MEDEVAC UH-60 the better it is for the Crew Chiefs, the Patients, the Pilots and the ParaMedics due to it's freed up cabin space.
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:icondread-and-dreams:
Dread-and-Dreams Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is nothing against the PJ's or their contribution to MEDEVAC. It's just something I observed during my deployment.
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Kirsty-Elizabeth25 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Great pic!
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julilove23 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
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:iconbrutechieftan:
Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
do you know what the soldiers mask is called (the one sticking out the window)
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:iconmydin:
Mydin Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
It's called a maxilofacial shield. They're made by Gentex, the same company that makes the helmets. Unfortunately they are severely backordered so not all units have enough for everyone.
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:iconbrutechieftan:
Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
k
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:icondollinator:
Dollinator Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Does this ... thing land on snow ? (i mean those things around the wheels ... ) but seriously woooow !
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:icondread-and-dreams:
Dread-and-Dreams Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it does indeed
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:iconlhs:
lhs Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Sweet skids!
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:iconthemichaelmacrae:
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*pave low in-coming*
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:iconpatito92:
Patito92 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Nice shot.
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:iconmadvillan:
Madvillan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Amazing shot, as always.
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:iconinestical:
inestical Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how the wheel plates (?) have toes :3
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:icontrixieryuu:
TrixieRyuu Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
what a magnificent machine :)
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:iconbrutechieftan:
Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student General Artist
what are those instruments that are sticking off its nose
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:iconmat-kearney-fan:
Mat-Kearney-Fan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
The nozzle looking stick on the side is used for getting refueled by aircraft. The circular dome on the other side is used for instrument readings aka wind speed, altitude, etc. The instrument underneath the camera looks like a camera for infared readings so they can spot friendly and enemy targets.
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:iconbrutechieftan:
Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student General Artist
so the thing with the orange stripes is the altitude and other aircraft thingy.
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:iconmat-kearney-fan:
Mat-Kearney-Fan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Well if you want to know more, then look up the helo on the internet.
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:iconbrutechieftan:
Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student General Artist
:D
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:iconstefanwulph:
StefanWulph Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
That should be ether the Weather Radar or the Terrain Following Radar.
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:iconbrutechieftan:
Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student General Artist
cool.bet its real expensive.
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:iconp3rsh1ng:
p3rsh1ng Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
It doesnt seem to be armed. What if the evacuation took place in a fire zone or the transport would have been ambushed?
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:iconmydin:
Mydin Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
The silver post that the flight engineer is leaning on is for mounting a GAU-2 or GAU-18. The Army blackhawks aren't armed and it does cause the exact problem you describe. This is a USAF version, and it can defend itself well.
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MotorTomten Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
I'm guessing, but the area was most likely secured, or it could've been escorted by other aircraft we can see or a dozen other possibilities.
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:iconstigmartyr762:
Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
The PJ's of the 212th are among the best.
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:iconhowlett66:
howlett66 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   Traditional Artist
"Get to the choppa!" :D
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:iconradio4ktiv:
Radio4ktiv Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"C'mon Frost we don't have much time!!"
-MW3 Quotes
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TrixieRyuu Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
:XD:
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:iconelfkin1984:
Elfkin1984 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful aircraft! :D Nice snowshoes...erm...sand shoes for landing on. :D
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:iconxharukex:
xHARUKEx Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haaaahhhh!!! *_* Love it! Wan't it!!!
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:iconaimsplode:
Aimsplode Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Want*
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:iconxharukex:
xHARUKEx Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes... >__> sry I meant "want"... I'm german...I don't always write perfect english ;-D
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:iconaimsplode:
Aimsplode Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
It's okay, I'm a Grammar Nazi anyway :P
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:iconxharukex:
xHARUKEx Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
___ stop merging my german origin and Nazi...Can't hear this anymore.
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:iconaimsplode:
Aimsplode Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
...what.
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Evatar Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, Haruke believes you just called Germans Nazis. Which is offensive, and not true. You probably didn't mean that though, because it's just coincidental that the term Grammar Nazi is internet slang for someone who is strict on Grammar...
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Aimsplode Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yeah, I get that. It's funny how sensitive they are to their ancestry.

..And I would know. I know every single detail of the Third Reich and WWII in general.
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FALCONE-NOSTRA Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice
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:iconthe-jefe:
the-Jefe Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Pararescue=Badasses.
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:iconvexcel:
Vexcel Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa that looks badass :D
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:iconputrick:
putrick Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
They bolted some serious shit on there... :)
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:iconcyb007:
Cyb007 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
the helicopter is equipped for snowy area or
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:iconputrick:
putrick Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Alaksa Air Guard... So "yes". :)
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yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what great shot of such a magnificent machine
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