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Air Force pilot tests modified Black Hawk helicopter for first time

July 18 (UPI) — For the first time, an Air Force pilot tested an HH-60W combat rescue helicopter, which is a modified version of the Army’s UH-60M Black Hawk. Maj. Andrew Fama, a test pilot with the 413th Flight Test Squadron based in Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., flew the aircraft last Thursday at Sikorsky Aircraft’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin.

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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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