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Pilot's Helmet Camera Captures the Not-So-Easy Feat of Refueling a Black Hawk Helo

Actualizado: 21 jun 2020

A new video recorded by a U.S. Air Force “Jolly Green Giant” pilot shows two search-and-rescue helicopters taking on fuel from a refueling tanker in beautiful 4K. The aircraft is one of a handful of HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, Black Hawk helicopters modified for long range search and rescue. Pave Hawks regularly practice refueling from their buddy tankers, the HC-130J Combat King II.


The one-minute-long video, taken atNellis Air Force Basein Nevada, shows an HH-60G Pave Hawks practicing midair refueling from an accompanying HC-130J. The video includes both footage from the Pave Hawk cockpit and from the open rear ramp of the tanker.


Most U.S. Air Force fighters, bombers, and support aircraft refuel from a boom lowered from one of the service’s flying tankers. The HH-60G is one of the few aircraft in Air Force inventory that uses the probe and drogue method of midair refueling, which involves a drogue unreeled from the back of the tanker that mates up with a probe fixed to the helicopter’s nose. Probe and drogue is used by helicopters, aircraft used by the U.S. Navy, and most NATO countries.


The process of refueling helicopters in midair doesn’t always go smoothly. Here’s a video of a midair refueling that ended up with the helicopter’s main rotors cutting the refueling probe in half.


In addition to combat search-and-rescue Air Force and National Guard search-and-rescue units also perform civilian missions. In early March, a Pave Hawk crew from the California Air National Guard’s 129th Wing flew COVID-19 testing kits out to the cruise ship Diamond Princess waiting off the coast of San Francisco.


Source: The Aviationist

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