Air International 2016-10
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MH-65s work with LA County Fire Department's Baywatch boats on a regular basis to practice various types of hoists.
Close up view of the hoist system on the MH-65. The hoist is capable of lifting approximately 600 lb; its assembly is attached to a movable boom.
Although not over water aircrew typically train throughout the Los Angeles area for VFR flight conditions here flying past the famous Hollywood sign.
A rescue swimmer is lowered via the hoist and a sling strap device to the water. The red rescue target, commonly called the sponge bob by crews that simulates a swimmer in distress, can be seen in the water. Crews practice different types of insertions (sling, basket, freefall) to the water to rescue Bob during a training flight.
An aircrewman prepares to lower a basket to a training vessel as the pilot in the right seat carefully manoeuvres the helicopter over the boat.
One of the air station's MH- 65s in the hangar during a major inspection with the radome open showing the antenna of the enhanced radar.
Side view shot from a second MH-65 as Dash 1 lowers a basket down to the lifeguard vessel.
With the Palos Verde Peninsula in the backdrop the LA County lifeguard inspects the basket in preparation for the helicopter to hoist it back up, typically the air station works with lifeguard boats at least once a week in the local area.
The MH-65D is powered by two Turbomeca Arriel 2C2-CG Turboshafts. The US Coast Guard recently reached a milestone with the Arriel engine surpassing one million flight hours in the MH-65.
MH-65D 6570 flies over the famous Queen Mary liner as part of a routine patrol over the Port of Long Beach.
MH-65D on final approach to the Air Station at Los Angeles International. The distinct LAX control tower and rotating restaurant are in the background. The common sight of MH-65s at U\X finished in May when 52 years of Coast Guard flight operations at LAX ended with the closure of the Air Station.
Equipment typically or can be carried on the MH-65 including basic EMT and hypothermia kits.
Rescue litters can be used to hoist a patient that needs to stay in a lie-flat position.
Shot of the cockpit of helicopter 6508, showing some of the new digital GPS and inertial navigation systems next to the original dials still used in the aircraft.
F-16s painted with the red and black tail bands of 140 Squadron are a familiar sight in Australia's Exercise Pitch Black.
F-16s painted with the red and black tail bands of 140 Squadron are a familiar sight in Australia's Exercise Pitch Black.
Tengah-based 805 Maintenance Squadron comprises regular and conscript troops seen loading an inert AIM-9S Sidewinder missile fitted with a live seeker.
No.140 Squadron F-16D 693 in one of the shelters at Tengah Air Base.
The DASH-3 Helmet Mounted Sight seen on a pilot’s helmet during Exercise Cope Tiger in Thailand.
No.410 Tactical Fighter Squadron ‘Cougars’ based at 4 Wing Cold Lake is currently operating CF-18AM 188761 in a full-colour paint scheme to commemorate the the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in operation between 1940 and 1945. The aircraft is the 2016 Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 demo aircraft.
The Royal Canadian Air Force commander is very happy with the decision to purchase the C-17 Globemaster III, which gives the service an invaluable capability to carry heavy loads over long distances.
The CH-124 Sea King will be retired from service in December 2018 after more than 50 years of service with the Royal Canadian Air Force.
An RQ-21A Blackjack is recovered with the flight recovery apparatus cable aboard USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after its first flight at sea on February 10, 2013.
A test team member checks the consistency of fuel before adding it to an RQ-21A aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19).
Test team members move an RQ-21A on to the Mk4 launcher aboard USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19).
Members of the Small Tactical Unmanned Air System test team wheel an RQ-21A across the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after its first flight at sea in the Gulf of Mexico on February 10, 2013.
An RQ-21A Blackjack on the Mk4 launcher immediately prior to launch from the flight deck of the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) for its first flight at sea.
An RQ-21A launches off the rail aboard the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) for the type's second successful launch Off a Ship.
An RQ-21A is successfully captured by the recovery system aboard USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19).
Marines assigned to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 (VMU-1) recover an RQ-21A Blackjack af ter its flight at Cannon Air Defense Complex in Yuma, Arizona on August 16, 2016. VMU-1 received its first Blackjacks in June.
Upgrading the CH-146 under a programme dubbed the Griffon Limited Life Extension is available to address obsolescence issues, and if implemented would allow the type to continue operating well into the 2030s.