• Special Operations • All weather • Coast Guard rescue

Подпись:HH-60The HH-60 is an angel of mercy. This helicopter flies from ships’ decks and shore bases to bring salvation to those in peril. In disaster and in war, the Navy’s HH-60H Rescue Hawk and the Coast Guard’s HH-60J Jayhawk can mean the difference between life and death. Not surprisingly. HH-60 rescue flying is one of the most difficult missions pilots can undertake. A secondary role is supporting operations by the Special Forces.

TExtended range

Подпись:HH-60The role of retrieving downed aircrew often involves flying long distances: tho HH-60 is lifted with a refuelling boom, allowing contact with an HC-130 tanker.

HH-60Credible Hawk ►

One of the first developmental models of the project, a UH-60A is seen here testing the refuelling boom. Further modifications improved the variant.

◄ Anywhere, anytime

The rescue role has made the HH-60 an extremely adaptable platform. Even when in service with the US Air Force, missions often take place over water.

Dust Off ►

A derivative of the HH-60 is the UH-60O. which is a specialised air ambulance version capable of accommodating nino strclchors and three medical attendants.


► USAF Pave Hawks Пу rescue missions worldwide, and were used over Iraq and Kuwait during the Gulf War.

>• Operations can be flown as low as 15 m (49 ft.) In all weathers.

>■ The helicopter can be fitted with skis to operate from snow-covorod terrain.

>■ During in-flight refuelling, the HC-130 tanker has to maintain an airspeed only 10 kt higher than its stalling speed.

>• Jayhawks are usod in drug interdiction missions by the Coast Guard.

► The first Jayhawk flow on 8 August 1990 from Stratford, Connecticut.

Подпись: Pave Hawk to the rescueHH-60Подпись:Подпись:Подпись:Подпись:HH-60Подпись: 2.79 m (9 ft. 2 in.) 19.76 m (64 ft 10 in,) 5.18 m (17 ft.) 210.05 m [2261 sq ft.)HH-60

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Despite the rescue role ol tin* helicopier, they are often armed with cloor-nxxmted Miniguns Front-line units Hying the helicopter are based as tar afield as Iceland and Japan, providing rescue cover for all the I * armed services.

Lett: Devoid of external tanks and refuelling boom, this early UH-60A is seen in flight prior to conversion to HH-60 standard.

Below: Based m Alaska, those HH-60Gs support rescue operations tor NATO aircraft flying In the area.




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HH-60G Pave Hawk


Providing the rescue element tor the USAF. Pave
Hawks give downed aircrew the chance of rescue
from behind enemy lines. They also extend the reach
of the Special Forces on covert operations.


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Подпись: US rescue helicopters
Подпись: ■ HH-53C: Tasked with rescuing downed aircrew in Vietnam. H MH-53E: Developed for the US Navy, the Sea Dragon is H HH-3& The firr.t of th-- long-range rescue hoecopters, the the 'Super Jolly Green Giant's range was improved by 3dding a designed for long-range mant*mn missions. The addition of largo HH-3E pioneered rescue missions m Vietnam and was used to refuelling probe to undertake operators in North Vietnam. fuel tanks on tho fusoiagn is supplemented by a refuelling boom devolop tho routine procedure of IFR for helicopters. L

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