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920th Rescue Wing CSAR Demo

The 920th Rescue Wing deploys worldwide to provide combat search and rescue coverage for U.S. and allied forces. They are a world-class team of diverse, adaptable personnel recovery focused war fighters. The mission of the 920th Rescue Wing is to provide worldwide personnel recovery, combat search and rescue capability, expeditionary combat support, and civil search... View Article


The 920th Rescue Wing deploys worldwide to provide combat search and rescue coverage for U.S. and allied forces. They are a world-class team of diverse, adaptable personnel recovery focused war fighters. The mission of the 920th Rescue Wing is to provide worldwide personnel recovery, combat search and rescue capability, expeditionary combat support, and civil search and rescue support to federal and state authorities.

The 920th Rescue Wing utilizes Lockheed Martin HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters and Lockheed Martin C-130J aircraft to carry out their mission. The primary mission of the Pave Hawk nicknamed the “Jolly” by its crews, is to conduct day or night combat search and rescue, or CSAR, operations into hostile environments to recover downed aircrew or other isolated personnel during war. Because of its versatility, the HH-60G is also tasked to perform military operations other than war. These tasks include civil search and rescue, emergency aeromedical evacuation, disaster relief, international aid, counter drug activities and manned spaceflight support.

 

The C-130J’s mission is to rapidly deploy to execute combatant commander directed recovery operations to austere airfields and denied territory for expeditionary, all weather personnel recovery operations to include airdrop, airland, helicopter air-to-air refueling, and forward area ground refueling missions. When tasked, the aircraft also conducts humanitarian assistance operations, disaster response, security cooperation/aviation advisory, emergency aeromedical evacuation, and noncombatant evacuation operations.

 

The CSAR Demo at the Lockheed Martin Space and Air Show will begin with a C-130J and two Pavehawks or “Jolly’s” flying in formation simulating an aerial refueling. Aerial refueling significantly extends the range of the 920th Rescue Wing’s search and rescue capability. After passing show center, the Jolly’s will break off and work a simulated recovery of a pilot down behind enemy lines. Both helos will enter a hover and kick out fast ropes, then retract them, simulating the deployment of para-rescuemen or “PJ’s to assist the downed pilot. As this happens the C-130J will pass overhead and set up for a high-speed short field landing. The C-130J will make a full-stop in front of Show Center and open up the ramp and door as the Jolly’s land behind to simulate a loading of PJ’s and the pilot. The Jolly’s will take off followed by the C-130J and they will all depart the show together.


  1. PETE C says:

    When did the 920th ge a C-130 gunship? (as pictured above) Must be new, they didn’t have them when I worked there as a
    Pararescueman.

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