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HH-60G Pavehawk by MilitaryPhotos HH-60G Pavehawk by MilitaryPhotos
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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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.
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.
Kirsty-Elizabeth25 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Great pic!
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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)
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.
Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
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 !
Dread-and-Dreams Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it does indeed
lhs Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Sweet skids!
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