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First Operational Loss Replacement HH-60G Pave Hawk delivered to the U.S. Air Force

The 210th Rescue Squadron took delivery of the first Operational Loss Replacement HH-60G Pave Hawk on Aug. 5, 2019, following a ferry flight from Nellis Air Force Base (Nevada) to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (Alaska).

The OLR program is meant to replace the aircraft lost during combat operations since 9/11 (including one of the 210th RQS lost in Iraq in 2018), restoring the HH-60G fleet to its authorized size while also addressing issues with maintenance and availability of mission-capable aircraft. The Air Force acquired 21 low-hour UH-60Ls from the Army and is converting them into Pave Hawks by using a single technical package that integrates all the modifications implemented on the HH-60G fleet throughout its more than 30-year career.

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See the US Air Force?s new combat rescue helo fly for the first time

PHILADELPHIA ? A Lockheed Martin subsidiary?s combat rescue helicopter took to the skies for the first time Friday. The HH-60W helicopter ? one of two that Sikorsky fully assembled ? flew from the company?s West Palm Beach, Florida, test facility, the company said. The second aircraft is set to begin flying next week, and another two aircraft enter flight tests this summer. The U.S. Air Force plans to buy 113 HH-60W helicopters to replace the HH-60G Pave Hawk.

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